Essay on Latex: Critique of a Study

2479 Words Jun 7th, 2014 10 Pages
Health promotion has become one of the main focuses for health professionals. As such, many research studies are being conducted to support the improvement of health in order to increase quality of life. Grady (2003) discusses five main research themes that are utilized in today’s world, one of them being “changing lifestyle behaviors for better health” (p190).
Exposure to latex is the leading cause of the latex allergy epidemic. According to the
Occupational Health and Safety Agency for Healthcare in British Columbia (2006), 17% of healthcare workers, in Canada, have this allergy. These statistics are growing which has led nurses and other health care professionals towards studying the topic of latex allergies in the
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Nursing is a practice discipline and, therefore, knowing and interpreting theory that is relevant and useful to my nursing practice is necessary. Nurses have a role in effecting change and can be instrumental in ensuring that safe latex alternatives are used in the workplace. I will be entering the workforce in less than a year and this topic is important for me and my nursing practice.
Being in the community and hospital settings this past summer has made me realize the lack of education and awareness around this epidemic. By becoming well-informed on these alternatives, I will be able to advocate for these safe alternatives in the workplace.

Synopsis Due to a rise in latex allergies among health care providers, Korniewicz’ et al. (2002) conducted a study “Performance of latex and nonlatex medical examination gloves during simulated use”. The goal was to determine the effects of stress, type of material and manufacturer on the barrier effectiveness of medical examination gloves. In this study,
Korniewicz et al. (2002) made reference to a research project conducted by Rego and Roley
(1999) that also compared the barrier performance of gloves. This study was significant to
Korniwicz et al. study as they had similar findings in their studies. A total of 5510 latex and a variety of non-latex

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