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dc.contributor.authorGürlek Kısacık, Öznur
dc.contributor.authorÖzyürek, Pakize
dc.identifier.citationKısacık, Ö. G., & Özyürek, P. (2022). Skin-related problems associated with the use of personal protective equipment among health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic: A online survey study. Journal of Tissue Viability.en_US
dc.description.abstractAim The aim of this study was to determine the skin-related problems caused by personal protective equipment (PPE) use in health care workers (HCWs) and to identify the factors contributing to their occurrence. Materials and Methods This descriptive and cross-sectional online survey study was carried out with 297 HCWs working in a university hospital in Turkey between March 20, 2021, and May 20, 2021. The study data was collected using an online questionnaire consisting of 3 parts. Descriptive statistics, Pearson's Chi-square, and Fisher's Exact Chi-square tests were used to analyze the data. Results Among the HCWs, 95.6% reported that skin-related problems associated with at least one PPE use. Skin-related problems that develop due to PPE use were mostly associated with the use of Surgical/N95 masks (97.1%) and gloves (96.8%). The most commonly reported problems were ''dryness'' (%74.0) and ''itching'' (%72.1) when wearing gloves, ''perspiration and moisture'' (73.6%), ''formation of equipment traces'' (53.9%), and ''skin lesions'' (52.8%) when wearing a surgical/N95 mask, ''perspiration and moisture'' (89.7%) when wearing protective overalls/gowns. Wearing PPE for more than 4h (p=0.001), taking additional precautions to increase the sense of protection (p=0.026), and not applying preventive measures while using PPE (p=0.003) significantly increase the risk of skin-related problems. Conclusion The results suggest that skin-related problems due to the use of PPE are common among HCWs.en_US
dc.subjectHealth care workersen_US
dc.subjectPersonal protective equipmenten_US
dc.subjectSkin-related problemsen_US
dc.titleSkin-related problems associated with the use of personal protective equipment among health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic: A online survey studyen_US
dc.departmentAFSÜ, Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi, Hemşirelik Bölümüen_US
dc.contributor.institutionauthorGürlek Kısacık, Öznur
dc.contributor.institutionauthorÖzyürek, Pakize
dc.relation.journalJournal of Tissue Viabilityen_US
dc.relation.publicationcategoryMakale - Uluslararası Hakemli Dergi - Kurum Öğretim Elemanıen_US

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