|Document ID (ISN)||107691|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
|Convention or series no.
||Foo C.C.I., Goon A.T.J., Leow Y.H., Goh C.L.
||Adverse skin reactions to personal protective equipment against severe acute respiratory syndrome - A descriptive study in Singapore
||Nov. 2006, Vol.55, No.5, p.291-294. 6 ref.
||The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of skin reactions to PPE among healthcare workers in Singapore during the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak Healthcare workers exposed to SARS in affected countries were required to use of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as the N95 mask, gloves and gowns. The healthcare staff of two hospitals was surveyed using questionnaires. A total of 322 questionnaires were returned (participation rate 94.7%). 14.3% of the respondents were doctors, 73.0% nurses and 12.7% other ancillary staff. 109 (35.5%) of the 307 staff who used masks regularly reported acne (59.6%), facial itch (51.4%) and rash (35.8%) from N95 mask use. 64 (21.4%) of the 299 who used gloves reported dry skin (73.4%), itch (56.3%) and rash (37.5%).
||personal protective equipment; health care personnel; hospitals; skin diseases
||protective gloves; Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome; Singapore; itch; frequency rates; acne; questionnaire survey; work clothing; respirators; skin eruption
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Singapore|
||Commerce, services, offices
|Broad subject area(s)
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
||Health care services