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


Why is there an increase in skin problems amongst health care workers? I trained in the 60s and therefore have worked through many decades. Hand washing has always been important, but over the years there has been much more emphasis on it. Patients now are discharged much earlier than previously which means inpatients have more acute conditions than ever before, and have many more invasive devices. Because of this interactions between patient and carer have increased and therefore so has hand washing. Nursing is a predominately female profession and it is now common for them to nurse throughout their working lives, despite having a family. And finally - hands are now more decorative than before, and women are much more aware if they are dry, irritated and unattractive.

Posted date

14 February, 2015

Posted time

6:07 pm