Prevalence of personal protective equipment (PPE)-related injuries among Czech and Slovak healthcare professionals

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ANTALOVÁ Natália RIAD Abanoub LEBLANC Kimberley WOO Kevin POKORNÁ Andrea

Year of publication 2023
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Journal of Tissue Viability
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Medicine

Keywords PPE-related injuries; Prevalence; Czech and Slovak healthcare professionals
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Description Skin damage has drastically increased among healthcare professionals (HCPs) using personal protective equipment (PPE) in the last two years, resulting in serious complications. Since the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, frontline HCPs, who have been taking care of patients infected by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus – 2 (SARS-CoV-2), were obliged to spend most of their working hours using PPE. PPE encompasses a variety of devices including protective filtering respirator such as a N95 mask, eye protection, e.g. glasses, fitted facial shields and/or protective suits, which are specially designed to minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious workplace injuries and illnesses.
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