The continuing problems of latex glove allergy have been highlighted buy the recent damages claims against the NHS Supplies Authority. Numerous web sites cover background history and give good practice guides
British Allergy Foundation
Tel: 0891 516500
Deep Dene House
30 Bellegrove Road
Welling, Kent, DA16 3PY
Bell Pottinger Healthcare, Suite 2, Cobb
House, Oyster Lane, Byfleet
Tel: 01932 350006
fax: 01932 353336
E-mail: [email protected]
An international journal published twice a year reviewing current issues and management practice in allergy and infection control. An essential read for anyone involved in this area, it includes details of forthcoming events, up-to-date news and views and details of related web sites.
Department of Health
The DoH has recently released guidelines on the use of latex gloves.
Contact: Angela Macleod, Hill and Knowlton. Tel: 020-7413 3516
Fax: 020-7413 3112
This report reviews the history of lanolin, its properties and why it has earned itself a poor reputation over the years. It looks at anhydrous lanolin that has undergone purification by removing all traces of detergent and reducing pesticide residue and natural free lanolin alcohols below the allergenic threshold of 3 per cent.
Emollients containing purified lanolin soothe eczema and other dry skin conditions without sensitising the skin.
Latex Allergy Support Group
PO Box 31, Cheltenham
Gloucestershire, GL52 4WY
Tel 0707 1225838
This group aims at raising awareness of latex allergy, in particular among healthcare workers. Ongoing work includes research into increasing incidences of latex allergy, development of treatment and the introduction of glove policies for those working within the NHS.
Royal College of Nurses
Tel: 0345 726 100
The RCN launched its latex allergy campaign in 1998.
The site of the National Institute of Occupational Safe