How to Protect Your Skin from the Effects of Prolonged PPE Use
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought the need for everybody around the world to use some kind of PPE
to protect their airways from the virus and control the spread of the disease.
Most people simply use a face mask when they leave their houses to run any necessary errands and take
it off as soon as they return; but that is not the case for healthcare workers (HCW) who need to use
more than one type of equipment, and then leave it on for the entire duration of their shifts, which by
the way, are getting longer than ever.
As a result, healthcare workers are now not only dealing with massive amounts of work, stress, and fear
but also with skin damage caused by prolonged PPE use. The effects of these types of equipment on the
skin are recently being studied by dermatologists, but in the meantime, there are several changes that
healthcare workers can make in the way they use them to avoid those dreaded red bruises on their
faces at the end of a long shift and protect their skin.
In this article, Caring Support will share with you everything you need to know about PPE and will
provide you with recommendations about how to protect your skin from the effects of prolonged PPE
use. Read on.
What is PPE?
PPE stands for Personal Protective Equipment and it refers to any type of equipment intended to
protect its wearer from contaminants that can be biological (bacteria, germs, viruses) or chemical
(liquids or gases that can be harmful to the airways or the skin).
Examples of PPE include face masks, goggles, face shields, gloves, and gowns that are usually designed
as disposable items intended to be used for no more than four hours and never to attend to multiple
patients without a replacement. However, because of the shortages of PPE early in the pandemic,
healthcare workers had to wear the same equipment for entire shifts, and that was when skin damage
cases began to arise.
What are the Effects of PPE on the Skin?
According to MedSpac