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Document ID (ISN)65726
CIS number 95-2180
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 1995
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Holness D.L., Tarlo S.M., Sussman G., Nethercott J.R.
Title Exposure characteristics and cutaneous problems in operating room staff
Bibliographic information June 1995, Vol.32, No.6, p.352-358. 22 ref.
Abstract The objectives of this exploratory study performed in operating room personnel were to characterize the exposure and determine the prevalence of cutaneous symptoms and findings and to examine relationships between exposure characteristics and cutaneous outcomes. A questionnaire and standardized hand examination were used to assess the exposure and cutaneous status. 184 operating room staff were assessed. Current skin problems were reported by 26%. Hand examination revealed that 9% had findings consistent with eczema and 10% changes of moderate dryness. A variety of preventive practices were being used by those with symptoms or findings. The use of preventive strategies varied between different groups. It is concluded that these workers might benefit from more education regarding cutaneous hazards, preventive strategies and the importance of appropriate investigation of these problems.
Descriptors (primary) skin diseases; eczema; health care personnel; hospitals; operating theatres
Descriptors (secondary) symptoms; risk factors; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada; USA
Subject(s) Medicine, hygiene and first aid
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Skin diseases