Medical staff fighting COVID-19 experience serious skin injury related to PPE use

Medical staff fighting COVID-19 experience serious skin injury related to PPE use

Skin sensors for antenatal surveillance in developing countries The article entitled "The Prevalence, Characteristics and Prevention Status of Skin Injury Caused by Personal Protective Equipment Among Medical Staff in Fighting COVID-19: A Multi-Center, Cross-Sectional Study" was coauthored by Qixia Jiang, Nanjing University School of Medicine (Nanjing, China) and a large team of Chinese clinicians. The researchers identified three main types of PPE-related skin injuries: device-related pressure injuries; moist associated skin damage; skin tear. Several factors increased the risk for skin injury: heavy sweating, greater daily wearing time, being male, and using grade 3 versus grade 2 PPE. These significant findings are consistent with independent observations in Europe and United States, and call for systematic studies addressing skin injury and repair in COVID-19+ patients as well as in their healthcare providers." Chandan K. Sen, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, Distinguished Professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine and Executive Director of Indiana University Health Comprehensive Wound Center, Indianapolis, IN. Source: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Journal reference: Jiang, Q., et al. (2020) The prevalence, characteristics and prevention status of skin injury caused by personal protective equipment among medical staff in fighting COVID-19: A multi-center, cross-sectional study. Advances in Wound Care . doi.org/10.1089/wound.2020.1212 .



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