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This podcast episode will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the prevention and management of skin injuries related to the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). This is a follow-up to the EWMA webinar we ran on the 30th April devoted to this topic. Due to a high volume of questions and level of interest that we have received during the webinar we have decided to follow-up with this podcast. In this episode we will be answering some of the questions raised from the webinar.
Samantha Holloway, EWMA Council Member, Chair of the EWMA Education Committee and Teacher Network, Reader based in the School of Medicine at Cardiff University in Wales, UK.
Elena Conde Montero, EWMA Council Member, dermatologist at the Hospital Universitario Infanta Leonor, Spain.
Karen Ousey, Professor of Skin Integrity and Director for the Institute of Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention, UK. Ousey is one of the authors of the consensus document on Device related pressure ulcers: SECURE prevention and its update on COVID-19, face masks and skin damage (see reference below).
Kimberley LeBlanc, Advanced Practice Nurse, Chair, Wound Ostomy Continence Institute, Canada. LeBlanc is the lead author on the Canadian PPE and Skin Injuries guideline (see reference below).
Some of the questions answered in this podcast:
Guidelines on PPE mentioned in the podcast:
Gefen A, Alves P, Ciprandi G et al. Device related pressure ulcers: SECURE prevention. J Wound Care 2020; 29(Sup2a): S1–S52. Available here>>
Gefen A, Ousey K. Update to device-related pressure ulcers: SECURE prevention. COVID-19, face masks and skin damage. J Wound Care 2020; 29(5). Available here>>
LeBlanc K, Heerschap C, Butt B, Bresnai-Harris J, Wiesenfeld L. Prevention and Management of Personal Protective Equipment Skin Injury: Update 2020. NSWOCC. Available here>>
National Health Service. Helping prevent facial skin damage beneath personal protective equipment. 2020. NHS. Available here>>
WOCN. Guidance for Maintaining Skin Health When Utilizing Protective Masks for Prolonged Time Intervals. 2020. WOCN. Available here>>
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