Latex Allergy Alert - CMA152

Latex Allergy Alert

by Carrie Furberg, BSN, RN, CRN
(4.6 / 446 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Certified Medical Assistants (1.00 Hours)

Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00


Latex hypersensitivity was characterized as a problem in the late 1970s and increased throughout the 1980s and 1990s. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared it a serious concern after reports of multiple deaths and over 1,000 documented reactions related to latex (Sussman & Beezhold, 1995). Despite the recognition of natural rubber latex allergy as a serious concern more than 35 years ago, as many as 50% of healthcare providers are unable to recognize the symptoms (Al-Niaimi et al., 2013). This educational activity will discuss differentiating type 1 and 4 allergic responses to latex, sources of exposure, and measures to reduce exposure to latex for sensitive individuals.


The goal of this educational program is to provide nurses and certified medical assistants in acute care settings with knowledge about latex allergy. After taking this course, you should be able to:
  • Distinguish between immediate and delayed allergic responses to latex.
  • Identify two sources of latex in the healthcare environment.
  • List four ways to reduce risk to those with latex allergies in healthcare settings.
  • Name three risk factors for the development of a latex allergy.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses and certified medical assistants.
Certified medical assistants: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
This program has been granted prior approval by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) for 1.0 clinical continuing education unit(s) (approval # 136134 for 5/30/19 to 5/29/20). Granting approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the AAMA of the program content or the program provider.

Course Originally Released on: 7/14/1997
Date of Most Recent Review: 3/27/2020
Course Termination/Update Date: 3/31/2023

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Stevie D - tallahassee, FL  ·  May 20, 2020
I learned some new things in this course. I will recommend this course to others.
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Maureen S - brookeville, MD  ·  May 18, 2020
This course is very useful to me.
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Sarfaz H - Hayward, CA  ·  May 18, 2020
It is great. Interesting
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Alma S - pleasant hill, CA  ·  May 08, 2020
perfct awesome course
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Zixtlaly L - Avondale, AZ  ·  May 08, 2020
The test was very helpful and gave me more information.
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Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00