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How Allergy Labels Help Mitigate Common Healthcare Allergy Challenges

Allergy labels help provide a deterrent to allergic reactions in healthcare settings. It’s estimated that nearly 50 million people in the U.S. are afflicted with nasal allergies. And allergies of one form or another affect 30% of adults and 40% of children. It’s a virtual guarantee that a percentage of patients are afflicted with some form of allergy. For hospitals, clinics, physician's offices and more, that’s nothing to sneeze at!

Allergies create healthcare process challenges. Often a patient won’t know that they have an allergy. They may also contract an allergy when exposed to a medication or substances for the first time. However, when allergies are known, avoiding allergens that cause the problem is the best defense. Communicating information to ensure proper patient care is crucial.   

Here are common allergy challenges that all healthcare facilities face and how allergy labels can help mitigate contact and the subsequent problems.

Latex Allergies

Latex is a common allergy found in healthcare settings because over time, exposure to latex increases the risk you’ll contract the allergy. Contained in many medical and dental supplies, latex is found in disposable gloves, dental dams, dressings, bandages and more. In fact, it could even be contained in the balloons a well wishing family member brought from the gift shop! In addition to patients, healthcare workers who wear latex gloves are more likely to develop the allergy.

Latex Allergy Avoidance

Both latex free and latex precaution labels alert medical professionals about patients with the allergy. They also bring awareness to the staff workers who need to be aware of latex for their own safety.

Latex Allergy Label        Latex Free Label          Latex Precaution Label

Another way to avoid latex is through allergy labels or other similar items used in a healthcare operation. Latex is a natural property of the rubber based adhesives used in label manufacturing. Look for companies like UAL that use latex free synthetic based adhesives.

Food Allergies

Food service operations prepare food for hundreds of patients with no problems. Unfortunately, nearly 2,000,000 people have food allergies. So for those patients, It’s essential to communicate appropriate instructions.

Food Allergy Avoidance

Although any food can create an adverse reaction, less than 10 types of food represent 90% of allergic reactions. Making healthcare professionals aware of patients with allergies and making patients aware of the food items that contain known allergens is the best form of food allergy prevention.

An allergy warning label

Allergic To Label: Milk, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Shellfish, Eggs, Fish, Soy, Wheat, Gluten

Identifies the specific food group to prohibit. If a patient's food allergy falls outside of those common items, you can simply write in the food group to avoid.

Other warning labels like the allergen warning labels

 Allergen Warning Label: Dairy, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Shellfish, Eggs, Fish, Soy, Wheat, Gluten

Bring attention to foods a patient may need to stay away from.

Medication Allergies

Although all medications have the potential to cause side effects, only 5 - 10% of reactions are due to allergies. Communicating the risk in patient charts and files will warn staff members when medication presents an allergic risk.

Medication Allergy Avoidance

Medication allergy alert labels make it easy to identify medications that put patients at risk.

Allergic Label

Or signal that the patient has no known allergies.

No Known Allergies Label

Contrast allergies may also present problems for certain patients. Allergy labels designed for mammograms and other contrast allergies bring awareness before contrast agents are used.

Contrast Allergy Label

In addition, during the admission process or whenever wristbands are required, use latex free products. For example, all United Ad Label wristbands, both plastic and tyvek style, are latex free. Plus, wristbands are an ideal way to alert medical professionals of patient allergies, regardless of the variety.

Allergy Alert Wristband            Latex Allergy Wristband

Visibility Improves Outcome

Allergy labels that are highly visible and contain both bright colors and bold lettering make warnings stand out. These simple steps help medical professionals take proper steps to avoid allergy challenges.

To learn more about how United Ad Label can assist your healthcare organization in mitigating common allergy challenges, contact us or browse our selection of allergy labels. We also offer custom allergy label solutions if our stock options do not meet your needs.

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