Workers' compensation claims from latex glove use: A longitudinal analysis of Minnesota data from 1988 to 1997

Irwin B. Horwitz, Richard D. Arvey

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Abstract

Allergic reaction experienced by health care workers from latex glove use has increasingly become the focus of researchers evaluating occupational sources of injury in health care settings. Many studies have attempted to estimate the prevalence of latex sensitization among health care workers by using various methods, but the findings have been inconsistent and do not predict reactivity. This study used workers' compensation data from Minnesota from 1988 to 1997 to assess allergic reactivity rates, injury severity, and costs associated with latex allergic reactions. The average reactivity rate was 7.1 claims per 100,000 health care workers, and total cost associated with the claims averaged $0.295 per health care employee. Using empirical cost data from another study, it was found that it is not cost-beneficial for health care institutions to globally adopt latex glove-free policies solely on the basis of workers' compensation costs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)932-938
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Volume42
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

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