EWMA Podcast: Skin Injuries Related to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Prevention and Management


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. 


Podcast host:

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:

  • For these healthcare professionals who work in a home care setting, what do you recommend in terms of PPE use?
  • What recommendations you would give for cleaning lesions caused by PPE? One of the webinar participants has asked whether it is possible to use a hypochlorous acid solution for this purpose?
  • Which kind of dressings healthcare professionals should be using as a preventive measure for PPE?
  • What are your recommendations for the prevention and management of hand dermatitis caused by PPE?
  • Do you have any experience in using any type of special textile material to minimize the secondary effects of using PPE in particular gloves or masks?

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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