Does Adherence to World Health Organization Hand Hygiene Protocols in the Operating Room Have the Potential to Produce Irritant Contact Dermatitis in Anesthesia Providers?

David J. Birnbach, Nathan T. Mckenty, Lisa F. Rosen, Kristopher L. Arheart, Ruth Everett-Thomas, Scott F. Lindsey

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Abstract

Anesthesia providers have the burden of constant hand hygiene during task dense periods. The requirement for hand hygiene often demands frequent application of alcohol-based hand rub. To assess whether frequent alcohol-based hand rub use leads to skin changes or irritant contact dermatitis, volunteers cleaned their hands with alcohol-based hand rub every 15 minutes for 8 hours for 5 sequential days. They were examined by a dermatologist before and after and asked about subjective skin changes. Results suggest an increase in irritant contact dermatitis scores and subjective complaints.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E182-E184
JournalAnesthesia and analgesia
Volume129
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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