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Focus on handwashing in hospitals has led to rise in staff dermatitis


why is there an increase? is it due to changes in the products or changes in hand washing habits of nurses? hand washing is something they have always done. We had to use the products available and hand cream was provided by the pharmacy but it didn't prevent or cure the problems of dryness and the formation of breaks in the skin with the risk of infection or the added risk of picking up infections. the only other option was the more frequent use of gloves which is not always desirable for many procedures. they were latex so some nurses and other staff had allergy problems with these. we didn''t have any support from OH. depending on the severity all they could do was put nurses off work and prescribe an ointment and visit to dermatology. if severe problems continued there was a possibility to move to a job where less hand washing was required but the chances of having support and finding another nursing job in the hospital to fit that description were slim and only a matter of chance when became available. the other alternative in extremely severe cases where the nurse was unable to continue working was to leave the profession.

Posted date

14 February, 2015

Posted time

8:20 am


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