Prevention and Management of Skin Damage Related to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 

“What do I say to a nurse in tears with a pressure injury on her nose from her PPE who is asking for a break after looking after COVID-19 patients when you are already down 3 or 4 nurses?” – Nurse Manager

Given the dramatic increase in the use of PPEs by Canadian healthcare professionals related to the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic, the NSWOCC is providing an evidence summary for the prevention and management of PPE-related skin injuries. This report, along with a package including a quick reference enabler, video, and PowerPoint is available to assist those on the front lines caring for patients from suffering skin breakdown during this difficult time.

Thank you to all our guests who attended the live webinar on April 7, 2020. We truly appreciate your participation, questions, and commitment to honouring and supporting those affected by COVID-19.

Thank you as well to NSWOCC members Kimberly Leblanc, Corey Heerschap, Britney Butt and Julia Bresnai who have worked tirelessly to make this webinar and tool kit possible.

 

PPE Toolkit

The use of PPE has had a dramatic increase since the onset on COVID-19. NSWOCC is providing an evidence summary for the prevention and management of PPE skin related skin injuries called Prevention & Management of Skin Damage Related to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

The Toolkit contains the following:

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  1. Best Practice Recommendation document
  2. Quick Reference Enabler
  3. Educational video
  4. Teaching powerpoint 
  5. Prévention et traitement des lesions cutanées liées aux équipements de protection individuelle

This PPE Tool Kit is intended to highlight the emerging concern of PPE-related skin injury and to provide prevention and management solutions for potential PPE related skin injury. Individuals may require a repeat mask fit testing to ensure prevention and management efforts do not interfere with PPE efficacy.

Please note that it is the responsibility of each healthcare professional to verify with their institutional infection control team that any measure taken to prevent or manage PPE-related skin injuries do not interfere with the efficacy of the PPE nor are in contravention to any workplace policy.

Access the Webinar Recording Below!

Educational Video