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Document ID (ISN)102040
CIS number 03-1229
ISSN - Serial title 1232-1087 - International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Telksniene R., Januskevicius V.
Title Occupational skin diseases in nurses
Bibliographic information 2003, Vol.16, No.3, p.241-247. Illus. 7 ref.
Abstract The aim of this work was to evaluate the incidence of occupational skin diseases in nurses, their morbidity rate, symptoms, possible causes and relation with occupational environment. The study group consisted of 706 nurses from different departments of a university hospital in Kaunas (Lithuania). A questionnaire and collection of information concerning the use of disinfectants were the main investigation methods. It was found that 47.3% nurses were suffering from occupational skin diseases. Allergic contact dermatitis was found to be the most frequent (28.5%) disease. Irritant contact dermatitis of non-allergic origin was diagnosed in 8.4% of nurses. The main symptoms of occupational skin diseases were itching and reddening. The risk of developing occupational dermatitis was increased by working with aldehydes and hydrogen peroxide as well as by using latex gloves and long working hours.
Descriptors (primary) occupational diseases; risk factors; health care personnel; skin diseases
Descriptors (secondary) protective gloves; frequency rates; Lithuania; aldehydes; hydrogen peroxide; natural rubber; latex; morbidity; symptoms; skin allergies; itch; eczema; hours of work; questionnaire survey; hospitals; irritants
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceLithuania
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Skin diseases