The nurse is caring for a client with documented severe allergies to latex. Which item on the client’s meal tray should the nurse remove?

  • a banana
  • a bowl of beef broth
  • a vanilla pudding cup
  • a cup of strawberries
Number 1 is correct.
Latex allergies can cause what is known as a cross-reaction when bananas are consumed by someone with the allergy. Latex is made from rubber tree sap, which is a member of the same plant family as bananas. Certain clients may also be sensitive to kiwi, avocado, and other foods. Options 2, 3, and 4 contain foods that would not cause a cross-reaction with latex allergy.