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    What are your thoughts on a fellow firefighter/EMT having a true latex allergy and working in the field?


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    It depends on the severity of the allergy and many other things. What is your EMS licensure level? In the event of anaphylaxis, is the person with the allergy the only medic? Do you carry epi-pens? Has the dept and / or the ambulance provider made available nitrile or other non-latex gloves? Are you still using the gloves with powder in them? How about other medical equipment? How often will the member have to enter a hospital in the course of his duties? Is another job / duty available to minimize exposure?

    I think the dept should (and is probably legally required) to make every attempt to minimize exposure and allow the member to continue to work.

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    Vinyl gloves and PVC condoms. But it sounds to me like its not gonna be a viable choice for work as everything is pretty much latex.

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    Latex has actually been taken out of most of the equipment and an employer can easily purchase the right stuff to be latex free. However if they ever do mutual aid with another agency, go to a hospital, etc... there could be problems. Depends on how severe the allergy is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FireEMSChick307 View Post
    What are your thoughts on a fellow firefighter/EMT having a true latex allergy and working in the field?
    Our EMS system and the local ED (maybe statewide?) is Latex-Free.

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    I have a latex allergy, and when I do clinicals in the ED, I borrow a box of gloves from the Rescue so i don't have reactions.
    Mine isn't that severe, but I break out into a rash, and get all itchy. But it depends on the amount of time I spend in contact with the latex.

    Make sure you inform your employer, so they can get you Nitrile gloves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by medic563 View Post
    Latex has actually been taken out of most of the equipment and an employer can easily purchase the right stuff to be latex free. However if they ever do mutual aid with another agency, go to a hospital, etc... there could be problems. Depends on how severe the allergy is.
    It is a matter of awareness, and as the poster pointed out latex has been removed from most medical facilities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BLSboy View Post
    I have a latex allergy, and when I do clinicals in the ED, I borrow a box of gloves from the Rescue so i don't have reactions.
    Mine isn't that severe, but I break out into a rash, and get all itchy. But it depends on the amount of time I spend in contact with the latex.

    Make sure you inform your employer, so they can get you Nitrile gloves.
    Good move blaming the rash on the latex, I should have thought of that!

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    I caught it from you, I was trying to be nice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BLSboy View Post
    I caught it from you, I was trying to be nice!
    Yeow...a little too much information...

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    You said she was your sister!!!!!!

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    She got it from you, I get it from her. Duh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FireEMSChick307 View Post
    What are your thoughts on a fellow firefighter/EMT having a true latex allergy and working in the field?
    real simple. There are latex free gloves available therefore making a latex allergy a no issue. But the coworker needs to make it known they have an allergy.
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