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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.C.R. NO.            
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION
URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO DEVELOP CLINICALLY SOUND
   PROTOCOLS AND MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES TO ADDRESS LATEX
   ALLERGIES AND EDUCATE HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND PATIENTS ABOUT
   LATEX ALLERGIES.


 1       WHEREAS, natural rubber latex gloves protect the health of
 2   patients and health care workers by providing effective barrier
 3   protection against the transmission of deadly blood-borne
 4   pathogens, including the hepatitis B and C viruses and the
 5   human immunodeficiency virus; and
 6   
 7       WHEREAS, powdered natural rubber latex gloves are the
 8   barrier of choice for most health care professionals against
 9   deadly, infectious agents because of its mix of properties and
10   its unique, high elasticity and tensile strength; and
11   
12       WHEREAS, health care workers and other personnel have
13   experienced allergic reactions when exposed to natural rubber
14   latex products, ranging from minor skin irritation and rashes
15   to systemic reactions; and
16   
17       WHEREAS, for nearly a decade, federal laws and regulations
18   have existed to regulate the use of natural rubber latex
19   gloves; and
20   
21       WHEREAS, some health care providers have actively
22   established clinically sound protocols and management
23   strategies to alert and educate health care workers and
24   patients to the implications of latex allergies; and
25   
26       WHEREAS, improvement needs to be made in the area of
27   compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health
28   Administration's (OSHA) blood-borne pathogen regulations
29   requiring employers to provide alternatives to latex gloves;
30   now, therefore,
31   
32       BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
33   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
34   of 1999, the Senate concurring, that the Department of Health
35   (DOH) is requested to monitor the use of latex products in the
36   provision of health care in Hawaii; and

 
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 1       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that DOH is requested to encourage:
 2   
 3       (1)  Health care facilities to comply with OSHA's blood-
 4            borne pathogen regulations requiring employers to
 5            provide alternatives to latex gloves;
 6   
 7       (2)  Health care facilities and others who utilize natural
 8            rubber latex gloves to establish clinically sound
 9            protocols and management strategies to address latex
10            allergies; and
11   
12       (3)  The education of health care workers and others who
13            utilize natural rubber latex gloves about the danger
14            of latex allergies;
15   
16   and
17   
18       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Hawaii health care providers
19   and the medical device manufacturing industry:
20   
21       (1)  Work diligently to establish clinically sound
22            protocols and management strategies to address latex
23            allergies; and
24   
25       (2)  Aggressively educate health care workers and patients
26            about latex allergies;
27   
28   and
29   
30       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that DOH submit a progress report to
31   the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the
32   convening of the Regular Session of 2000; and
33   
34       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
35   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Director of Health
36   and the Executive Director of the Healthcare Association of
37   Hawaii.
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