Niche Latex-Free Rubber Bands

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Model Number: NH-12456

Brand: Niche Healthcare 


Latex-free rubber bands are ideal for Healthcare settings/environments where latex allergies are common in workers and patients, but also environments where there is potential exposure to latex, including offices & warehouses. 



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“Non-latex” refers to products or materials that do not contain natural rubber latex. Latex, in this context, is a natural rubber material that can cause allergic reactions in some people. Non-latex alternatives are often used in various products, such as gloves, condoms, and medical devices, to provide options for individuals with latex allergies or sensitivities. These alternatives are typically made from materials like nitrile, polyurethane, or polyisoprene. Natural rubber latex comes from the latex sap of rubber trees, and it’s the most common source of rubber.

However, synthetic rubbers can be produced without using natural latex. Synthetic rubbers are made from various petrochemical-based materials and do not contain natural latex. Some well-known examples of synthetic rubbers include neoprene, silicone rubber, and nitrile rubber. These synthetic rubbers are used in various applications where natural latex might not be suitable, such as in industrial products, automotive components, and more. 

Natural rubber latex proteins have the potential to cause asthma and dermatitis. Although rare, more serious allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis are also possible. The amount of latex exposure needed to induce sensitisation is unknown. A substance which causes sensitisation can also cause an allergic reaction in certain people. Once sensitisation has taken place, further exposure to the substance, even to low levels, may cause a reaction. Increasing the exposure to latex proteins increases the risk of inducing a sensitised state and triggering allergic symptoms.

What is a latex allergy in healthcare?
If you have a latex allergy, your body mistakes latex for a harmful substance. Latex allergy may cause itchy skin and hives or even anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening condition that can cause throat swelling and severe difficulty breathing.
Healthcare workers exposed to latex products are at risk of developing latex sensitivity or latex allergy. An increasing number of healthcare workers are latex sensitive (CDC), with reactions ranging from irritant contact dermatitis and allergic contact sensitivity, to immediate, possibly life-threatening, sensitivity.
There are three types of latex reactions:
  • Irritant contact dermatitis. This is the least-threatening type, and it’s not an allergic skin reaction.
  • Allergic contact dermatitis. This is a delayed reaction to additives used in latex processing. 
  • Immediate allergic reaction (latex hypersensitivity).
Common hospital items that may contain latex which result in reactions include:
  • Surgical and exam gloves.
  • Catheters and other tubing.
  • Sticky tape or electrode pads that can be attached to your skin during an ECG.
  • Blood pressure cuffs.
  • Tourniquets (bands used to stop or slow blood flow)
  • Stethoscopes (used to listen to your heart beat and breathing)
  • Cannulation Equipment. 


Rubber bands can have various practical uses in a hospital setting, here are some examples below:

  • Organizing Medical Charts: Rubber bands can be used to bundle and organize medical charts or paperwork, ensuring that patient information stays together and is easily accessible.
  • Securing IV Tubing: Rubber bands can help secure intravenous (IV) tubing to prevent it from dangling or becoming tangled, ensuring a consistent flow during medical treatments.
  • Securing Dressings: In some cases, rubber bands may be used to secure dressings or bandages, providing a gentle but firm hold.
  • Identifying Tubing: Different coloured rubber bands may be used to distinguish between various tubes or lines connected to a patient, aiding healthcare professionals in quick identification.
  • Temporary Fixtures: Rubber bands can serve as temporary fixes for equipment or fixtures, providing a quick solution until a more permanent adjustment can be made.
  • Bundling Medical Supplies: Rubber bands are useful for bundling together medical supplies or items, helping to keep them organized and easily accessible.
  • Securing Gauze or Cotton: When applying gauze or cotton for wound care, a rubber band can be used to keep the material in place.
  • Securing Rolled Items: Rubber bands can secure rolled items, such as sterile wraps or surgical drapes, to keep them in a compact and easily deployable form.
  • Bundling Cables and Wires: Rubber bands can be used to bundle together cables and wires, helping to keep areas neat and reducing the risk of tripping hazards.
  • Orthopaedic Applications: In certain orthopaedic cases, rubber bands may be used as part of rehabilitation exercises to provide resistance during muscle-strengthening activities.


While rubber bands can be versatile, it’s important to note that their use in a hospital should align with proper hygiene and infection control practices. In some instances, hospitals may opt for specific medical-grade alternatives when securing or organizing items in sensitive healthcare environments.



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