Latex Risk Policy Term Definition

Persons of the following groups will be considered as high risk for latex sensitivity and will be closely evaluated to determine the need for latex precautions in the delivery of care if (s)he:

  • Is or has been involved in the manufacturing of items containing natural rubber latex.
  • Has a history of multiple allergies, especially to foods such as bananas, chestnuts, kiwis, avocados, and other tropical fruits.
  • Has undergone early (i.e. childhood) or recurrent surgical or medical procedures.
  • Wears latex gloves on a regular basis (e.g., healthcare workers, food preparations, etc.).
  • Has a chronic illness.
  • Has a history of asthma.
  • Has a history of a spinal cord injury.