Nursing Unions have Asked Members about Gloves in an Attempt to Reduce Dermatitis

The Royal College of Nursing have gone as far to launch a survey in an attempt to find out more about the skincare and health issues that members experience. The main reason why they are doing this is because they want to try and reduce the impact that work-related dermatitis is having. The RCN have stated that they were working with their members to find out if they could share their experience for caring with their hands and to also find out if any support can be offered if they do experience a skin issue. Those who work in the industry of homecare or private nursing will know this more than anyone.

There are far too many healthcare workers who happen to have their hands damaged because of the work that they do. The aim here is to try and build a much healthier picture of how skin issues affect nurses and to also find out if there is a chance of cutting the risk of experiencing dermatitis that is linked to work.

Every year, 1000 healthcare staff actually develop contact dermatitis through their hands, and this comes down to the job that they do. Of course, it’s important to understand that this can be caused by a huge number of issues and this includes exposure to water, inappropriate glove use and even cleaning agents. The painful and even debilitating condition might require nursing staff to actually move out of clinical areas. This all comes down to the risk of infection. The RCN National Officer, who works in health and safety has come out to say that every year, there are far too many people who experience damages as the result of their hands and that this is not acceptable at all. More needs to be done to try and help people like this to get the support that they need because if they don’t then staff will suffer.

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