Latex Allergy: Are You Risking Your Life For Your Job?

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1. Why has the incidence of latex allergy decreased among healthcare workers?

  a. Not as many people are choosing a career in healthcare.

  b. The statistics are no longer being recorded.

  c. The use of powdered latex gloves has decreased in many healthcare facilities.

  d. Latex is completely banned in all healthcare facilities.


2. Which patient population is at highest risk for developing a latex allergy?

  a. Elderly patients with diabetes

  b. Women with multiple sclerosis

  c. Elderly patients with COPD

  d. Children with spina bifida


3. A skeptical coworker asks you why latex allergy is so prevalent among healthcare workers now. Your best response would be:

  a. The fact that more people are wearing latex gloves more often combined with new manufacturing methods that cause retention of the latex proteins.

  b. It’s always been this bad but most people didn’t know about it.

  c. More people have other allergies now, which increases the incidence of latex allergy too.

  d. Environmental pollution has increased the incidence of latex allergy.


4. A patient tells you that he used to have delayed rashes, itchy eyes, and a runny nose after he was exposed to latex. However, after the last exposure, he felt his heart race, he was dizzy, and he had a hard time breathing. You tell the patient that his reactions may have progressed from:

  a. Type I to Type IV

  b. Type I to contact dermatitis

  c. Contact dermatitis to Type I

  d. Type IV to Type I


5. Type I reactions include all of the following except:

  a. Difficulty Breathing

  b. Increased Heart Rate

  c. Rash

  d. Hives


6. Which test for latex allergy may be negative even when the patient has positive symptoms?

  a. RAST Test

  b. Patch Test

  c. Skin Prick Test

  d. Latex Assay Test


7. Your patient has a latex allergy. You need to listen to her lungs, but you don’t want the stethoscope tubing to touch her skin. You decide to:

  a. Ask each of your coworkers if their stethoscope is latex free.

  b. Skip that part of your respiratory assessment.

  c. Cover the stethoscope tubing with foam rubber.

  d. Cover the stethoscope tubing with a stockinette.


8. You were diagnosed with a latex allergy two weeks ago. You’re now in the cafeteria at lunchtime and you just remembered that some foods can cause cross reactions in people who are allergic to latex. Which of the following will you avoid?

  a. Chicken Salad

  b. Banana

  c. Bread

  d. Coffee


9. A friend asks “Why don’t you just get allergy shots like other people with allergies?” You reply:

  a. There is currently a shortage of the serum.

  b. Allergy shots aren’t approved in the US because they’ve caused Type I reactions.

  c. Insurance doesn’t cover allergy shots and they’re very expensive.

  d. No studies have been done on the effectiveness of allergy shots for latex allergy.


10. Another nurse asks you how she can decrease her risk of developing a latex allergy. You reply:

  a. Stop chewing gum.

  b. Don’t take care of patients with latex allergy.

  c. Avoid powdered latex gloves as much as possible.

  d. Stop eating bananas.