“During the start of the pandemic, we had the same complaint and then we got better quality kits. But again, whenever we wear these protective equipment, there is skin rash besides excessive sweating,” said Satyaveer Dagur, general secretary, PGI Nursing Welfare Association. He said, “We have apprised our seniors. They informed us that the lot is coming from the Centre and they cannot do anything.”
The health care workers have to don PPE kits in ICUs, Covid wards and in the emergency where Covid patients are admitted. With six hours of duty in those suits, it becomes too discomforting. “We understand that the suits are as such not comfortable as they are almost airtight. But the quality is so low that it is leaving us with skin rashes,” said Dabkesh Kumar, president, nursing association, GMCH.
Bedside care is mostly performed by nurses and technical staff.
“While we wear PPE kits, we cannot drink water and it dehydrates most on duty. But that is understandable. However, if the quality is improved, one can at least take care of skin issues,” said a nurse staff in PGI.
‘Better quality PPEs will make things easy’
There have been studies which documented that PPE kits have resulted in excessive sweating, fogging of goggles, spectacles, or face shields and suffocation.
Initially the air conditioning systems were shut down, but after fitting special filters in the ducts, some of the ICUs have restarted the AC system.
Problems of dehydration, dizziness, vertigo, and nausea have also reported. “If we could get better quality PPEs like we got before, things can become convenient,” said Dagur.