Feared then ridiculed before actually arriving, the second wave is no less big than the first. For caregivers traumatized by the onset of the Covid epidemic, plunging back into the horror of countless hours and daily deaths is very difficult.
It is even more so when one is ill-equipped to cope. While the famous five-figure resuscitation machines have made the headlines, the caregiver often needs much cheaper, but essential equipment every day.
Let’s find out.
Disposable coveralls or gown
Faced with an epidemic such as the Covid which is transmitted by the emission of droplets, the doctor and the caregiver cannot wear their usual gowns which they wash in the machine. Disposable gowns and coveralls are imperative.
They put one at the start of the service and throw it away after the end of their work.
The difference between the blouse and the jumpsuit is in the length. The blouse protects from the thighs to the neck. The jumpsuit starts at the ankles and covers the skull with a hood, leaving the face and the feet / hands ends in the open.
Gloves and overshoes
Everyone knows that the hands remain the weak point of the human body in the face of viruses. For this reason, caregivers have two options: put on disposable gloves or leave their hands bare with frequent and long washing.
The choice is sometimes dictated by the rules of the service and on other occasions, as for nursing assistants in nursing homes, it is the employee who chooses what he prefers. Working with gloves for 8 hours a day sometimes creates painful skin discomfort …
We must not forget to protect the feet. A droplet that falls on the shoe that you bring home is not trivial. By putting on a disposable shoe cover, you limit these risks.
A charlotte in case of a blouse
As said before, the gown does not cover the skull like a protective suit does. Therefore, if the caregiver has a gown, it is strongly recommended to put on a disposable cap.
Thus, any particles of the virus that could reach the hair are deposited on equipment that you throw away before leaving work.
A caregiver does not wear a fabric mask sewn on his Sunday sewing machine or a straight paper pattern; he wears an FFP2 mask.
If its constitution allows you to breathe better while wearing, the FFP2 is especially recommended because it follows more stringent standards. Impervious to droplets, it better protects personnel.
It’s also more expensive, but hospitals stock up on huge stocks for prices (thankfully) much cheaper than what you see in the general public.
The visor for direct contact
We have all seen people on the supermarket shelves wearing a big visor instead of a mask. Experts are unanimous: a visor does not replace the mask. But, the mask does not protect the eyes.
Staff in direct contact with people who have contracted Covid 19 therefore wear both: a long visor reaching up to the neck with a mask.