|Title||Patch testing for auto mechanics|
|CREOD Investigators||Jeff Donovan, Irena Kudla, Linn Holness|
|CREOD Research Program||Occupational Skin Disease|
|Research Theme||Burden – identification of allergens, Health Services – diagnosis|
|Product Type||Student project|
|Background||Auto mechanics are exposed to a number of workplace irritants and allergens. It is important to ensure the appropriate allergens are used for patch testing to increase the ability to detect contact allergy.|
|Study Focus (Research Question/Goals/
|The objectives of the study were the compare the clinical features and patch test results of auto mechanics and machinists and propose additional allergens to be included on a mechanics tray.
A retrospective chart review was conducted of all mechanics and machinists evaluated between 2002 and 2005 in the OHC at SMH. Clinical information and patch test results were abstracted.
|Implications for Health/Labour Policy and Practice||Recommendations for additional allergens on the mechanics tray were made. This is likely to improve the sensitivity of patch testing in the diagnosis of ACD in mechanics.|