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Arch Dermatol. 1997 Jul;133(7):861-4.

Self-application of a protective cream. Pitfalls of occupational skin protection.

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Department of Dermatology, University Hospital, Z├╝rich, Switzerland.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To determine if a protective cream (PC) is adequately applied to the hands by workers in several occupations and to quantify what areas are covered or missed.

DESIGN:

Prospective diagnostic study.

SETTINGS:

Metalworking factory, construction sites, and university hospital.

PARTICIPANTS:

One hundred fifty healthy volunteers (50 from each setting) were recruited for a questionnaire interview and typical self-application of a PC.

INTERVENTION:

None.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE:

Percentage of sufficient cover with PC as assessed with fluorescence under Wood light.

RESULTS:

Many areas were skipped when viewed under Wood light. The application of PC was incomplete, especially on the dorsal aspects of the hands.

CONCLUSION:

Individuals should be made aware of the most commonly missed regions to ensure complete skin protection. This simple method is a useful adjunct to quantify self-application and in worker education.

PMID:
9236524
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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