|Document ID (ISN)||104385|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
|Convention or series no.
||Jungbauer F.H.W., Van der Harst J.J., Groothoff J.W., Coenraads P.J.
||Skin protection in nursing work: Promoting the use of gloves and hand alcohol
||Sep. 2004, Vol.51, No.3, p.135-140. Illus. 23 ref.
||Exposure to skin irritants is a cause of occupational skin disease in nurses. In this study, the effectiveness of soap and water, alcohol-based hand rubs and gloves in prevention programmes was investigated. In particular, two recommended procedures were evaluated: use of alcohol-based hand rubs instead of soap and water in disinfection procedures when the hands are not visibly dirty, and use of gloves in wet activities such as patient washing. The effectiveness of these recommendations was investigated in healthy volunteers over a period of three weeks, five days a week. An increase in transepidermal water loss (TEWL) occurred with the regular prevention method, while mean TEWL decreased among subjects using the recommended method. Skin irritation from occlusion by gloves appeared to be more pronounced in the regular method compared to the recommended method. The results of this study justify the conclusion that in nursing work, alcohol-based hand rubs are the preferred disinfectants.
||protective gloves; hospitals; skin cleansers; skin protection; health care personnel
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Netherlands|
|Broad subject area(s)
||Health care services
Hand and arm protection