Purpose: The health care worker will better understand latex allergy, its causes, those at risk, signs and symptoms of a reaction, diagnosing latex allergy, and proper documentation. Objectives: 1. List common healthcare equipment and common household items that may contain latex; 2. Describe three types of reactions to latex; 3. Discuss those at risk for latex sensitivity/latex allergy; 4. Discuss the diagnosis and treatment of latex allergy; 5. Explore a latex-safe patient environment; 6. Discuss proper documentation for the latex sensitive/allergic patient. Continuing Education Credits: 0.5 contact hours Iowa BON #335; 0.5 contact hours CA Board of Nursing CEP 14033; 0.5 contact hours CE Broker # 50-4572 Florida and District of Columbia; 0 contact hours for Social Work State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. License No. 159.001315; 0.5 contact hours for Physical Therapy State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. License No. 216.000284; 0.5 contact hours for Occupational Therapy State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. License No. 224.000164; 0.5 CE hours for certified nursing assistants; long term care department heads; and other health care disciplines.
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