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Skin damage: the cost to nurses of COVID-19 PPE and handwashing

Red, cracked skin is not only painful but affects infection control, patient safety and staff absence. Find out how to limit problems caused by masks and gloves

Red, cracked skin is not only painful but affects infection control, patient safety and staff absence. Find out how to limit problems caused by masks, gloves and hand cleansing procedures

  • What nurses told our survey about skin problems related to work two years on from the start of the pandemic
  • Respondents say damage to hands and face is most common and can be debilitating, with some missing shifts as a result
  • Tips from skin care and nursing experts on preventing damage, addressing existing skin conditions and accessing support from employers

Almost half of nurses (49%) have experienced trouble with their skin caused by work in the two years since the pandemic began,

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