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Document ID (ISN)107691
CIS number 08-90
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Foo C.C.I., Goon A.T.J., Leow Y.H., Goh C.L.
Title Adverse skin reactions to personal protective equipment against severe acute respiratory syndrome - A descriptive study in Singapore
Bibliographic information Nov. 2006, Vol.55, No.5, p.291-294. 6 ref.
Abstract 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%).
Descriptors (primary) skin diseases; health care personnel; hospitals; personal protective equipment
Descriptors (secondary) protective gloves; Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome; Singapore; itch; frequency rates; acne; questionnaire survey; work clothing; respirators; skin eruption
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSingapore
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases
Health care services
Personal protection