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Cardinal Health urges use of AORN guidelines to avoid latex

13th September 2007

Cardinal Health has advised healthcare facilities to follow recently-published guidelines from the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) calling for healthcare professionals to avoid the use of products made from natural rubber latex (NRL).

In the 2007 Edition of Standards, Recommended Practices and Guidelines, AORN reports that the goals of NRL product avoidance are to prevent reactions in latex-sensitised individuals and to prevent against the sensitisation of other individuals.

The association notes that – at present – the sole effective means of this prevention is the avoidance of NRL products.

Dennis Streppa, senior vice-president of gloves and fluid management at Cardinal Health, said: “The only latex-safe medical product or device is one that is manufactured without any latex.

“NRL products that have been deproteinised or have low-protein levels are not safe for individuals who are allergic or have been sensitised to natural rubber latex.”

He added that the company has invested in technology to reduce the allergen content in its gloves while retaining protection, while its molecular engineering efforts have resulted in the development of its Esteem polyisoprene gloves that effectively mimic those made using NRL.

In April 2007, Cardinal Health announced a partnership with the Premier healthcare alliance to standardise the vocabulary used in online catalogues for medical products, in part to facilitate easy identification of latex-free products in allergic patients.

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