Anyone with latex allergy having c/s?

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Registered: 04-01-2003
Anyone with latex allergy having c/s?
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Wed, 06-11-2003 - 11:39am
Hello,

I'm expecting my 4th child and will be having a c/s. I'm allergic to latex and a little bit worried about the surgery and also the hospital stay. My reactions are someties anaphylactic and can be serious. It's not just the gloves, but also catheter and i.v. tubes from what I understand.

Just wondering if anyone else has been through this.

Thanks,

Angela

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Registered: 03-28-2003
Sun, 06-15-2003 - 12:03am
Hi Angela,

I work at a hospital and we are pretty much latex free. I think most hospitals are moving in that direction. In any case allergies are taken very seriously so I am sure they will do what is necesaary to protect you.

GL,

Amy

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Registered: 04-01-2003
Sun, 06-15-2003 - 3:27am
Just found out, the hard way, Always pads have latex in them.

Ann
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Registered: 04-01-2003
Mon, 06-16-2003 - 11:48am
Amy,

Thank you. I feel much better!!!

Angela

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Mon, 06-16-2003 - 11:51am
Ann,

I had no idea! Thanks for the info!!! :-)

Angela

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 06-18-2003 - 10:57pm
HI there, I work on an obstetrics unit. First, they should try and schedule your c/s as the first case of the day. That way, there will be less latex residue from prior procedures (in the air, etc...of course the room would be cleaned!) There are latex free gloves, iv tubing and catheters available...

Also be sure all of your staff is aware of your latex allergy and the fact that you have such a severe reaction. True, many hospitals are latex free, but many are not. At our hospital we have a special latex free cart full of all the necessary items (gloves, etc.) A big sign is posted in the room stating that the patient has a latex allergy.

Just be wary and speak up if something looks like it may have latex in it. Ask someone to double check. Also, with your severe allergy, your baby should not be exposed to any latex as well. Be sure they put a sign on baby's crib. No latex nipples (Avent or anything that has a silicone nipple is latex free) if you are bottlefeeding.

Best of luck!

Jessica

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Thu, 06-19-2003 - 11:51am
Thank you so much for all the great info. I feel so much better. Yesterday I had a non stress test at the hospital and mentioned tothe nurse that I'm allergic to latex and was concerned. She said that they have a latex free cart and also thatthey will post signs all over the room. I feel so much better!!!

Thank you!

Angela