Certainly this method of follow-up will not replace face-to-face visits for routine six week post-operative appointments, but we hope it provides some insight into guiding how to manage such virtual appointments should the need arise again in this uncertain future and during the reinstatement of elective services. Khitish Mohanty
Khitish Mohanty Unmasking problems due to disposable FFP3 masks: Snapshot survey on FFP3 masks usage by frontline healthcare professionals during COVID-19 pandemic
Abstract Purpose: Frontline healthcare professionals using protective face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic have reported symptoms such as facial bruising and skin damage over social media. Khitish Mohanty This snapshot survey was aimed at evaluating the extent and severity of such adverse physical effects experienced by users of disposable FFP3 masks (Filtering Face Piece mask class 3).
Methodology: All healthcare staff using disposable FFP3 masks were invited to answer an online questionnaire. Khitish Mohanty Data on duration of mask usage, tolerance time, extent of pain or discomfort, general and facial symptoms experienced were collected.
Results: We received 209 responses of which 47.4% (n=99) reported moderate-to-severe pain or discomfort after wearing FFP3 masks. Pressure marks over the face and nose (83.7%, n=175) and ‘thirst’ (66.1%, n=138) were the most common facial and general symptoms experienced respectively. The average duration of FFP3 mask usage was two hours or more in 83% (n=175) but only 66.5% (n=139) could tolerate it for 60 minutes or less Khitish Mohanty. There was a statistically significant association between duration of usage and severity of pain or discomfort experienced (Kruskal-Wallis test, p=0.0007).
Conclusion Khitish Mohanty: A high proportion of health care professionals experienced adverse physical symptoms following the use of disposable FFP3 masks, which is dependent on the duration of usage. Professionals working in intensive care units and theatre settings were more likely to experience severe symptoms. Safer alternatives such as full-face masks or powered respirators with hoods may need to be considered for the safety and well-being of healthcare staff during COVID-19 pandemic.
Khitish Mohanty Introduction COVID-19 is a respiratory infectious disease caused by novel coronavirus designated as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). COVID-19 is predominantly transmitted by respiratory droplets, aerosols and through contact with contaminated surfaces1. As COVID-19 rapidly spread and transformed into a pandemic, frontline healthcare professionals (HCP) were advised to use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Face masks, also known as Filtering Face Piece (FFP) masks in Europe, are an essential and vital part of PPE offering respiratory and facial protection Khitish Mohanty.
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