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The costs of latex allergies

Allergic sensitivity and reactions are a concern for hospitals, as they can reduce efficiency by causing:

  • Unforeseen surgical and postoperative complications
  • The need to tear down the entire operating room and replace with latex-free equipment
  • Lost working hours for healthcare professionals

To minimise healthcare professionals’ and patients’ risk for allergic reactions to latex, more and more healthcare facilities use only synthetic surgical gloves

How synthetic gloves can help

An increasing number of healthcare facilities are choosing to stock only synthetic gloves – reducing the risk for exposing latex-allergic individuals, removing the need for stocking two types of gloves and leading to greater efficiencies.

Synthetic surgical gloves can:

  • Prevent reactions or anaphylactic shock – for both patients and healthcare professionals
  • Prevent initial sensitisation of non-sensitised persons
  • Reduce unnecessary costs and suffering – postoperative complications, for instance
  • Standardised inventory with 100 percent latex-free equipment optimises storage facilities and removes the worry of potential allergies

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