Occupational hand dermatitis among health care workers

Smith, Derek R., and Leggat, Peter A. (2005) Occupational hand dermatitis among health care workers. Journal of Environmental Dermatology, 12 (1). pp. 29-39.

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Abstract

Hand dermatitis (HD) represents one of the most common manifestations of occupational skin disease among health care workers (HCW). Occupational HD usually has a poor prognosis with considerable socioeconomic impact for the individual and their workplace. Contact dermatitis (both irritant and allergic) is a common cause of HD in HCW. Several intrinsic and extrinsic factors may put HCW at a higher risk of occupational HD. Among them, latex glove allergy has been well-described among several health professions. Accurate diagnosis of occupational HD, through further investigation, is necessary to help reduce its often chronic course and help address risk factors. There are currently no evidence-based guidelines for the treatment of HD, and the success of various treatment regimes appears to be highly variable. Although difficult to implement in practice, the prevention of occupational HD is paramount, and a variety of prevention strategies may be employed to reduce the prevalence of HD amongst HCW.

Item ID: 6564
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: epidemiology; hand dermatitis; health care workers; review; occupational; treatment
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ISSN: 1349-7995
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2010 22:46
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111706 Epidemiology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920504 Occupational Health @ 51%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920404 Disease Distribution and Transmission (incl. Surveillance and Response) @ 49%
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