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Document ID (ISN)104899
CIS number 06-313
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Schürer N.Y., Klippel U., Schwanitz H.J.
Title Secondary individual prevention of hand dermatitis in geriatric nurses
Bibliographic information Mar. 2005, Vol.78, No.2, p.149-157. Illus. 37 ref.
Abstract The incidence of hand dermatitis in geriatric nurses is increasing in Germany. A prospective controlled study of a secondary individual prevention (SIP) programme for hand dermatitis was conducted, involving information and training on the proper use of gloves and barrier creams. 209 geriatric nurses with a medical history of hand dermatitis completed questionnaires prior to the start of the programme and three months after its conclusion, including 102 who participated in the SIP and 107 controls who were not offered the programme. Upon completion of the study, 59% of SIP participants were free of hand eczema. Questionnaires three months after study completion revealed skin lesions in 53% of participants and 82% of the controls. There was a significant improvement in the epidermal barrier among programme participants. It is concluded that SIP is effective in preventing hand eczema.
Descriptors (primary) eczema; safety and health training; nursing personnel; hand
Descriptors (secondary) protective gloves; Germany; barrier creams; case-control study; programme evaluation; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Medicine, hygiene and first aid
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases
Health care services
OSH training