The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI): <www.allergy.mcg.edu/physicians/latex.html>
ACAAI has issued guidelines urging hospital employee health services to take a leadership position in identifying, managing and preventing latex-related problems among workers. Among their recommendations is that the FDA should establish maximum levels of extractable latex allergens in gloves and that the use of powdered, high-protein latex gloves should be discouraged. In 1997, the ACAAI and the AAAI published a joint statement advocating the use of powder-free, low-allergen gloves to reduce aeroallergen exposure.
The American Academy of Dermatology: <www.aad.org>
The American Academy of Dermatology released its Position Paper on Latex Allergy in July 1998. Among its recommendations are: 1) Encourage all food preparation services to use only non-latex gloves. 2) Routinely use latex-safe operating rooms for all trauma surgery. 3) Encourage all medical facilities to exclusively use powder-free gloves with low latex allergen levels. 4) Encourage all medical facilities to provide non-latex gloves for general physical examinations. This document also provides a detailed description of a "latex-safe" environment.
The American Medical Association (AMA): <www.ama-assn.org>
The House of Delegates of the AMA has passed resolutions in 1996 (503, A-96) and 1997 (504, I-97), which "supports the appropriate labeling of latex containing medical devices with warnings about possible allergic reactions. The AMA strongly encourages health care facilities to provide non-latex alternatives of at least comparable efficacy alongside their latex counterparts in all areas of patient care."
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