Decreasing incidence of occupational contact urticaria caused by natural rubber latex allergy in German health care workers

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dc.contributor.authorAllmers, H
dc.contributor.authorSchmengler, J
dc.contributor.authorJohn, SM
dc.date.accessioned2021-12-23T16:05:53Z-
dc.date.available2021-12-23T16:05:53Z-
dc.date.issued2004
dc.identifier.issn00916749
dc.identifier.urihttps://osnascholar.ub.uni-osnabrueck.de/handle/unios/7267-
dc.description.abstractBackground: The development of allergy to natural rubber latex (NRL) is a risk for health care workers. A regulation banning powdered NRL gloves was implemented in Germany in 1998. Objective: This study assesses the effects of this regulation on the development of occupational skin disease caused by NRL in health care personnel working in facilities insured by the German statutory accident insurance company, covering some 1.8 million insured health care workers. Methods: We reviewed the annual numbers of reported suspected cases of NRL-induced occupational allergies (mainly contact urticaria) from 1996 through 2002, as well as the number and type of gloves purchased in acute-care hospitals from 1986 through 2002. Results: The number of purchased nonsterile examination gloves increased by 1387% between 1986 and 2002. The purchase of powder-free NRL examination gloves exceeded that of powdered gloves in 1998. The incidence of suspected cases increased until 1998 and has since decreased by 79.9%. Most suspected cases (67.9%) were identified as occupationally caused. Conclusions: Reducing the purchase of powdered NRL gloves is associated with a decrease in suspected and proved cases of occupational contact urticaria caused by NRL. Development of occupationally caused contact urticaria by NRL can be reduced by banning the use of powdered NRL gloves.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherMOSBY-ELSEVIER
dc.relation.ispartofJOURNAL OF ALLERGY AND CLINICAL IMMUNOLOGY
dc.subjectAllergy
dc.subjectcontact urticaria
dc.subjectGLOVES
dc.subjectImmunology
dc.subjectlatex allergens
dc.subjectnatural rubber latex allergy
dc.subjectpowder-free latex gloves
dc.subjectprimary prevention
dc.titleDecreasing incidence of occupational contact urticaria caused by natural rubber latex allergy in German health care workers
dc.typejournal article
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.jaci.2004.05.054
dc.identifier.isiISI:000223405600021
dc.description.volume114
dc.description.issue2
dc.description.startpage347
dc.description.endpage351
dc.identifier.eissn10976825
dc.publisher.place360 PARK AVENUE SOUTH, NEW YORK, NY 10010-1710 USA
dcterms.isPartOf.abbreviationJ. Allergy Clin. Immunol.
crisitem.author.orcid0000-0001-5406-9458-
crisitem.author.netidJoSw269-
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