As nurses worldwide feel the pain of prolonged PPE use, we assess the advice on minimising the discomfort caused by marks and visors Nurses have reported skin damage and bruises after wearing personal protective equipment during long shifts. PPE needs to be properly fitted and ideally worn for shorter periods of time, but when this is not possible, there are other ways nurses can reduce the risk of damage. Experts offer advice on avoiding skin damage, emphasising a ‘clean, protect and restore’ approach
Many nurses will have spotted the lists circulating on social media, advising healthcare professionals on complicated routines to initiate when they arrive home after work to help halt the spread of COVID-19. These posts suggest that multi-stepped approaches such as leaving your shoes outside and dashing straight to the shower will help nurses protect their families by eliminating the risk of bringing COVID-19 into their homes. Among the steps generally advocated are showering and changing out of your uniform at work at the end of every shift.
Advice on how to plan around shift patterns and cope with insomnia and anxiety amid lockdown Insomnia is described as difficulty getting to sleep or maintaining sleep, early wakening, or non-restorative sleep Some healthcare staff in the UK and overseas have reported insomnia associated with the COVID-19 outbreak Tips for eliminating factors that lead to poor quality sleep, and making time for rest despite a busy home life