Hygiene and skin protection in medical sectors
Doctors, nurses and auxiliary helpers – be this in laboratories or in surgeries – are particularly exposed to innumerable hazards to their skin. Consequently, the most urgent issue in medicine is personal protection against alkalis, acids, organic solvents, contact allergens, germs and viruses. This happens using disposable gloves (latex) and/or special, normally fatty cream, which offer a certain degree of skin protection. However, when using latex gloves, side effects are often observed like itching eczema on the hands. This is caused by latex intolerance or by increased sweating of the hands. Moisturising creams also have the disadvantage in daily use that they, for instance, tend to make instruments slippery and difficult to hold, and leave behind fatty marks.