Do you know that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is important for safeguarding healthcare workers at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic? However, with longer use of PPE, appears skin damage.
Based on research by the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology, 97% of staff doing work in two diverse COVID-19 units reported PPE-related skin damage. The occurrence level up when PPE was put on continuously for over six hours, and invariably with N95 masks and goggles.
Hand irritation is rampant when constantly using gloves. The hands appear disgusting from frequent sanitizing and hand washing. Also, gloves hide moisture and heat, resulting in side effects such as eczema and dermatitis on the hands.
Pat hands dry or giving a chance for hands to air dry instead of rubbing to avoid more irritation. Also, make use of warm water instead of hot because constant use of hot water can cause more dry skin. Moisturize but make sure the skin devours it before wearing gloves back on.
Nurses putting on airtight masks for long hours often face red indentations on their faces. Meanwhile, Nurses who put on non-airtight masks have reported getting acne and sign of skin irritation from pressure or chafing of the mask over the bridge of the nose.
Avoid tight mask and make sure is fitted comfortably on your face. You should relieve pressure from time to time. If possible, try removing your mask, goggles, and or face shield at least for three hours. Relieving pressure for some minutes to give room for normal blood flow can prevent lasting skin damage.
Suggestions by The Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) shows that applying an alcohol-free barrier film if you know you’re going to be putting on your PPE for a long period.
Nurses have faced ulceration on or behind the ears from the elastic loops that move around the ears. Findings by Nurse.org shows that Nurses are sewing buttons onto their surgical caps so they can tight their face masks directly onto the buttons instead of their ears.
Healthcare workers putting on isolation gowns result in overheating and more sweating, which can result in a red, itchy rash, identify as intertriginous dermatitis.
Nurselabs.com emphasized that to prevent this condition, ensure that you dry off well after your bath or shower. Do away with tight and chafing clothing and put on moisture-absorbing underwear. Try to use talcum powder, or even corn starch, to help make the area dry.
Finally, to help keep your skin healthy, be hydrated, and eat healthy, high-protein meals, and snacks.