Protecting your hands from dermatitis
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Protecting your hands from dermatitis

Kim Sunley @KimSunley RCN national officer

Don’t underestimate the importance of using moisturisers and following hand hygiene procedures

Nurses top the list of professionals who suffer from work-related dermatitis of the hands. The condition often leads to nursing staff being unable to work in a clinical area because cracked and weeping skin on their hands poses an infection risk to patients and themselves. Hand dermatitis can be debilitating and painful, and at a time of severe nurse shortages we cannot afford to lose experienced nurses to such preventable conditions.

Nursing Standard. 34, 3, 24-24. doi: 10.7748/ns.34.3.24.s13

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