Handwashing in Hospitals Has Led to an Increase in Healthcare Worker Dermatitis

A new study from the University of Manchester has revealed that the incidence of dermatitis has increased 4.5 times in healthcare workers following increased hand hygiene as a drive to reduce infections such as MRSA has kicked in. Researchers from the university’s Institute of Population Health studied reports voluntarily submitted by dermatologists to a national database which is run by the university, between 1996 and 2012. Sixty percent of eligible UK dermatologists used this database which is designed to report skin problems caused or aggravated by work.

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