Wellness

It’s Crazy, Disgusting, and Unsafe to Reuse PPE

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Reusing personal protective equipment risks contamination for healthcare workers and should be eliminated as much as possible. See image of contamination below.

Source
Reuse of Personal Protective Equipment: Results of a Human Factors Study Using Fluorescence to Identify Self-Contamination During Donning and Doffing. J Emerg Med. 2022 Mar;62(3):337-341. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2021.12.010. Epub 2022 Feb 4.

COVID-19, Stress, and You

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Emergency physicians reported that the COVID-19 pandemic made them feel more stressed, lonely, anxious, irritable, and sad. Overall, EM providers had an uptick in alcohol use and a decrease in daily exercise. Laughter (humor and positive reframing) was the best medicine during this time.

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