|Title||Cutaneous problems related to glove use in health care workers|
|CREOD Investigators||Sean Mace, Linn Holness|
|CREOD Research Program||Occupational Skin Disease|
|Research Theme||Health Services – diagnosis, Burden – identification of allergens|
|Product Type||Student project|
|Background||Health care workers use gloves. Hand dermatitis related to gloves may be irritant, Type I or Type allergy or a combination thereof. Traditionally, investigations do not include both prick and patch testing.|
|Study Focus (Research Question/Goals/
|The objective of the study was to determine the prevalence of irritant and allergic contact dermatitis and contact urticaria in health care workers presenting with hand dermatitis thought to be related to glove use.
Retrospective chart review of 55 workers with abstraction of clinical information and prick and patch test results.
|Implications for Health/Labour Policy and Practice||The importance of assessment for both Type I and Type IV allergy is identified in health care workers using latex gloves.|