What is it about?

In order for nurses to provide the desired/expected care during the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal protective equipment (PPE) they use should not cause additional damage.The current study examined the effect of nurses’ use of PPE on their vital signs during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was found that the use of PPE for a long time causes a decrease in SpO2, increase in respiratory rate, pulse and blood pressure, as well as the aches in face, ear, nose and head

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Why is it important?

The pandemic still continues in the world, and it is predicted to continue in the future. In this respect, it is imperative for nurses to continue using the PPE to protect their health. In order to reduce the negative effects of PPE, short shifts, not to miss meal times, ensuring hydration, taking rest breaks, nurse changes (if possible) in case of hyperventilation, loosening the PPE at intervals to reduce the pressure on the skin, and in long-term use of the PPE, choosing a mask suitable for the face, and using tape to avoid the PPE injuries are recommended.

Perspectives

For all authors; writing this article was a scientific and important way of expressing the difficulties experienced by our nurse colleagues with whom we have worked for a long time and who carry the burden of the pandemic on their shoulders. We hope this article will be a guide in improving the working conditions of nurses and all health workers.

Aysel DOĞAN
Toros Universitesi

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This page is a summary of: The effects of nurses’ use of personal protective equipment on their vital signs during the COVID-19 pandemic, Work, April 2022, IOS Press, DOI: 10.3233/wor-211232.
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