|Document ID (ISN)||66894|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
|Convention or series no.
||Stingeni L., Lapomarda V., Lisi P.
||Occupational hand dermatitis in hospital environments
||Sep. 1995, Vol.33, No.3, p.172-176. Illus. 12 ref.
||A group of 1,301 employees (658 females and 643 males; mean age 39.3yrs) of a hospital in Perugia, Italy answered a self-administered questionnaire. The subjects with anamnestic hand dermatitis and/or atopic mucosal reactions were clinically examined and submitted to skin tests (patch and/or prick tests). Contact dermatitis of the hands and/or forearms occurred in 21.2% and was significantly more frequent in women, subjects under 31 years of age, workers in internal medicine and surgery, cleaners and nurses. In the majority of cases (94.9%), the lesions were irritant in origin and mainly related to disinfectants (especially, chlorhexidine gluconate and glutaraldehyde) and gloves (latex proteins and starch glove powder, rather than accelerators and additives of rubber). Finally, atopy seemed to favour the onset of hand dermatitis. The importance of these results for preventive measures of contact dermatitis in hospital employees is discussed.
||allergens; dermatitis; sensitization; hospitals; hand
||sensitization dermatitis; aetiology; skin allergies; frequency rates; allergy tests; skin tests; diagnosis
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Italy|
||Commerce, services, offices
|Broad subject area(s)
||Occupational medicine, epidemiology
||Health care services