Occupational hand dermatitis web survey in a university hospital during covid-19 pandemic: The shield study

Angela Rizzi, Riccardo Inchingolo, Marinella Viola, Luca Boldrini, Jacopo Lenkowicz, Franziska Michaela Lohmeyer, Francesco Maria De Simone, Domenico Staiti, Caterina Sarnari, Antonio Gasbarrini, Eleonora Nucera

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Background: Occupational hand dermatitis (OHD) is a skin disease occurring on employees’ hands in certain jobs. Little is known about prevalence, incidence and characteristics of this adverse skin reaction and its associated risk factors during COVID-19 pandemic. To evaluate both prevalence and incidence of OHD and associated risk factors in Italian clinicians. Methods: A cross-sectional study was performed using a self-report questionnaire. Results: Two hundred and thirty clinicians responded to the survey and 82% of responders did not report previous OHD history before the COVID-19 pandemic. Daily use of gloves was reported by 80% of responders. OHD prevalence was 18%, while incidence was 80%. We found a protective effect on symptom occurrence for vinyl/nitrile gloves if the time with gloves was ≥ 6 hours per day. Conclusions: This survey reveals a high OHD incidence in an Italian population of clinicians. Furthermore, wearing vinyl/nitrile gloves for at least 6 hours a day had a protective effect on symptom onset.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)320-326
Numero di pagine7
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2021


  • COVID-19
  • Hand washing
  • Healthcare workers
  • Occupational hand dermatitis
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Protective gloves


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