Half of front-line medics have PPE injuries

Pressure wounds and skin tears common among doctors and nurses working with COVID-19 patients, Chinese study reveals

Almost half of frontline medical staff treating coronavirus patients in China developed injuries from wearing the masks, goggles, face shields and gowns needed to protect them from infection, a study shows.

Nearly 43% of more than 4300 doctors and nurses surveyed reported skin damage from wearing personal protective equipment (PPE).

Wounds included device-related pressure injuries and skin damage from moisture and skin tears, according to the study in Advances in Wound Care.