Background and aim: The Sars-Cov-2 virus is characterized by a being highly contagiousness, and this is the reason why massive use of personal protective equipment is required by medical and paramedical staff of the COVID-19 dedicated departments. The aim of this manuscript is to describe and share our experience in the prevention and treatment of the personal protective equipment related pressure sores and other skin alterations in the medical and paramedical staff. Methods: All healthcare workers with PPE-related skin damages were registered at time 0. Age, sex, profession, type of skin damage, diseases and possible drugs were registered. Results: Two strategies were employed: the first strategy was to immediately treat the skin and the second one was to prevent pressure wounds formation both in already affected healthcare workers and the recurrence in healed staff. Three weeks after the two strategies were used, the incidence rate PPE-related skin damage was reduced in a statistically significant way. Conclusions: Proper management helps in reducing the incidence of pressure ulcers related to personal protective devices in Covid-19 Units. Skin prevention and hydration, have been obtained achieved by using products applied at home, autonomously.

Management of skin damage of health workers’ face: the role of plastic surgery in the time of pandemic

Cigna E.;Losco L.
Penultimo
Membro del Collaboration Group
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2021

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Background and aim: The Sars-Cov-2 virus is characterized by a being highly contagiousness, and this is the reason why massive use of personal protective equipment is required by medical and paramedical staff of the COVID-19 dedicated departments. The aim of this manuscript is to describe and share our experience in the prevention and treatment of the personal protective equipment related pressure sores and other skin alterations in the medical and paramedical staff. Methods: All healthcare workers with PPE-related skin damages were registered at time 0. Age, sex, profession, type of skin damage, diseases and possible drugs were registered. Results: Two strategies were employed: the first strategy was to immediately treat the skin and the second one was to prevent pressure wounds formation both in already affected healthcare workers and the recurrence in healed staff. Three weeks after the two strategies were used, the incidence rate PPE-related skin damage was reduced in a statistically significant way. Conclusions: Proper management helps in reducing the incidence of pressure ulcers related to personal protective devices in Covid-19 Units. Skin prevention and hydration, have been obtained achieved by using products applied at home, autonomously.
Cuomo, R.; Gardino, F. R.; Pozzi, M.; Nisi, G.; Sisti, A.; Han, J.; Nuzzo, A.; Muratori, A.; Cigna, E.; Losco, L.; Grimaldi, L.
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