L’objectif de cette étude était d’identfier les problèmes cutanés rencontrés par le personnel de santé qui ont utilisé des équipements de protection respiratoire pendant la COVID-19 ainsi que l’effet de ces problèmes sur leur qualité de vie. Les 404 participants répondu à des questions sur leurs problèmes cutanés et ont rempli le Skindex-16, un outil qui mesure les effets des maladies cutanées sur la qualité de vie. Le personnel de santé qui souffrait de problèmes cutanés chroniques ou qui en ont développé pendant la pandémie avaient une qualité de vie significativement inférieure à celle des personnes sans problèmes cutanés.
Background: Skin problems associated with the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) have been reported during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aims: To determine the skin problems experienced by healthcare workers in Türkiye who used PPE during COVID-19 and the effect of these problems on their quality-of-life. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted from 30 November 2020 to 30 May 2021. Data were collected from 404 healthcare workers recruited via social media. Participants completed a skin problem evaluation form and Skindex-16, which measures the effects of skin disease on quality-of-life. The t test and ANOVA were used to analyse differences between the means. Results: Most (85.1%) of the participants were nurses and 38.6% worked in COVID-19 intensive care units. All the participants wore gloves (53.2% wore double gloves), 99.3% wore surgical masks and 56.2% wore protective glasses. They washed their hands on average 31.94 [standard deviation (SD) 27.55] times a day. Skin problems developed were mostly around the forehead, hands, nose, and ears. The mean (SD) Skindex-16 score was 45.42 (26.31). Based on Skindex scores, respondents with chronic skin problems had a significantly lower quality-of-life than those without skin problems, as did those who developed skin problems during the COVID-19 pandemic than those who did not (P < 0.001). Conclusion: Skin problems associated with the use of PPE increased during the COVID-19 pandemic and these affected the quality-of-life of healthcare workers. Further studies should evaluate how to minimize adverse reactions due to PPE use. Consultez la page de l’article