Contact dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin resulting from direct contact of a substance with the surface of the skin
Why is contact dermatitis a problem?
A recent survey of 555 practicing operating theatre surgeons and nurses showed
of surgeons and nurses have personally experienced a skin reaction on their hands in the operating theatre
34% of those who experienced a reaction, said the skin reaction had a negative impact on their quality of life.
of those who experienced a reaction, reported they had been distracted from their work due to a skin reaction to surgical gloves
Nearly 20% of those who had experienced a reaction had to change gloves during an operation (due to a reaction)
What can be done to avoid contact dermatitis?
Do not don gloves with wet hands. Water is a potential irritant. Frequent exposure causes swelling and shrinking of skin and can lead to dermatitis
Avoid detergents and opt for alcohol based hand rubs to reduce skin irritation
Use moisturising skincare products
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