Hand hygiene compliance can cause dermatitis: 5 tips to avoid it

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There has been a rise in dermatitis — inflammation, reddening and scaling of the skin — among healthcare workers, in part due to efforts to improve hand hygiene compliance, a recent study found.

Hand washing plays an important role in preventing healthcare-associated infections, so "more needs to be done to procure less irritating products and to implement practices to prevent and treat irritant contact dermatitis," said epidemiologist and lead researcher Jill Stocks, PhD.

A blog post from DebMed provided some tips for how healthcare workers can continue to follow hand hygiene best practices but limit skin irritation, highlighted below:

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