Latex-Safe Environment

A latex-safe environment is defined as an environment that minimizes the risk of a reaction occurring in individuals sensitized to natural rubber latex.

Latex is a common allergen and can cause severe reactions to patients, visitors and employees. Therefore, we request that products containing latex not be brought into Brookings Health System's facilities, including the hospital and Brookview Manor.

Natural rubber latex is found in more than 40,000 commonly used products in health care, schools, communities and homes. Examples of these products include gloves, balloons, bandages, tourniquets, dishwashing gloves, and elastic. Symptoms of latex allergy may include skin redness, itching, hives, runny nose, sneezing, rhinitis, nasal congestion, and asthma.

Latex particles become airborne when a product containing latex is opened, popped, or snapped. Please use Mylar balloons as a safe alternative in order to avoid the potential latex exposure to someone who is allergic to latex.

Look at our Latex Allergy Resources page to find more information about latex allergies, symptoms, definitions, and a list of products that contain latex.

Latex Allergy Resources

More information about latex allergies, symptoms, definitions, and a list of products that contain latex can be found on the Web site of the American Latex Allergy Association at http://latexallergyresources.org/.

For further questions, contact Duane Thompson, safety officer at Brookings Health System, at 605-696-9000.