Adeleye OO1*, Adeyemi AS2, Oyem JC3, Akindokun SS4 and Ayanlade IJ5
1Human Anatomy Department, Lead City University, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
2Department of Obsteristics and Gynecology, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, Nigeria
3Human Anatomy Department, University of Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
4Radiological Department, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria, Nigeria
5Human Anatomy Department, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, Nigeria, Nigeria
*Corresponding Author: Adeleye OO, Human Anatomy Department, Lead City University, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.
Received: July 27, 2020; Published: September 18, 2020
The novel corona virus (COVID-19) is a viral air-borne disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome corona virus). Due to the rapid widespread of the disease, so many countries continue to record a high number of cases and mortality rate among individuals and healthcare workers. One of the major factors that contributed to the widespread of this deadly virus in health facilities is indiscriminate use of personal protective equipment (PPE). We reviewed some of the challenges faced by healthcare workers on the use of PPE during pandemics as well as guidelines in the use of PPE. Healthcare providers highlighted several factors that influence indiscriminate use of PPE during pandemics. These factors include: PPE causes discomfort, trouble in breathing and hotness. Some healthcare workers reported emergency, non-availability of PPE and inadequate training on the use of PPE as the major reasons for indiscriminate use of PPE while others are negligent and fail to adhere to the guidelines on the use of PPE. Therefore, periodic reinforcements, proper educational knowledge, availability and trainings on the use of PPE, and the need to adhere to safety and precautionary guidelines by healthcare providers, will reduce the spread of the virus.
Keywords: COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Citation: Adeleye OO., et al. “Rational Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) among Health Workers in COVID-19 Frontline".Acta Scientific Medical Sciences 4.9 (2020): 68-75.
Copyright: © 2020 Adeleye OO., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.