Operating Room Staff

  • D. Linn HolnessEmail author
  • Diandra Budd
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Operating room workers are a subset of health care workers. Their work involves the preparation for, performance of, and cleanup after surgical procedures. Operating room workers are exposed to skin irritants and allergens. Wet work and exposure to cleansing, disinfecting, and cleaning agents are key risks for irritant contact dermatitis. There are a variety of allergens that may cause allergic contact dermatitis. Operating room workers may also be at risk for contact urticaria.


Operating room staff Surgeons Nurses Operating room Operating theatre Irritant contact dermatitis Allergic contact dermatitis Occpuational contact dermatitis Gloves Wet work Disinfectants Bone cement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Occupational MedicineSt. Michael’s HospitalTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Department of MedicineUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Department of MedicineUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  4. 4.Centre for Urban Health SolutionsLi Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s HospitalTorontoCanada

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