Prevention of Work-related Asthma: Study Search

Prevention LevelPrimary
AuthorSussman GL
Study Year1998
Molecular Weight of AgentHMW
Agent CategoryPlants
Specific AgentLatex
Occupation Healthcare workers
Outcome/DiagnosisSensitization to latex and presence of symptoms
Activity Intervention Use of powder-free natural rubber latex (NRL) gloves(1 year)
Participation Rate435 out of 1075 participated (rate=40%)
Intervention EffectivenessAll participants latex skin prick test (SPT) negative at baseline.
For powdered NRL glove use:
  • Personal air samples: exposure ranged from 5 to 616 ng/m3
  • 2 new latex SPT positive results in 208 participants (1%), both symptomatic.
For powder-free NRL glove use:
  • Personal air samples except two: exposure ranged below the limit of detection (<0.1 ng/m3)
  • 2 new latex SPT positive results in 227 participants (0.9%), neither symptomatic.
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