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VOLUME 25 , ISSUE 2 ( February, 2021 ) > List of Articles

EDITORIAL

“Physical” Aspect of COVID Nursing

Keywords : COVID-19, PPE-related dermatitis, PPE-related health problems

Citation Information : “Physical” Aspect of COVID Nursing. Indian J Crit Care Med 2021; 25 (2):109-110.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10071-23736

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 22-02-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

The use of personal protection equipment (PPE) is associated with physical and physiological derangements. Healthcare workers are at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 and are continuously exposed to PPE. This editorial discusses a survey carried out by Jose et al. capturing the physical problems associated with PPE use.


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