To determine if a protective cream (PC) is adequately applied to the hands by workers in several occupations and to quantify what areas are covered or missed.
Prospective diagnostic study.
Metalworking factory, construction sites, and university hospital.
One hundred fifty healthy volunteers (50 from each setting) were recruited for a questionnaire interview and typical self-application of a PC.
Main Outcome Measure:
Percentage of sufficient cover with PC as assessed with fluorescence under Wood light.
Many areas were skipped when viewed under Wood light. The application of PC was incomplete, especially on the dorsal aspects of the hands. Conclusion: Individuals should be made aware of the most commonly missed regions to ensure complete skin protection. This simple method is a useful adjunct to quantify self-application and in worker education.Arch Dermatol. 1997;133:861-864
Wigger-Alberti W, Maraffio B, Wernli M, Elsner P. Self-application of a Protective CreamPitfalls of Occupational Skin Protection. Arch Dermatol. 1997;133(7):861-864. doi:10.1001/archderm.1997.03890430077010