Prevention and Management of Skin Damage Related to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Webinar

Prevention and Management of Skin Damage Related to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Webinar

August 9, 2020

A team of NSWOCC Members has worked diligently over the past week in order to address the issue of prevention and management of skin damage due to personal protective equipment. Their collective efforts have resulted in NSWOCC launching a tool kit in order to support NSWOCs and all healthcare professionals wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).


  1. Discuss PPE related skin injuries
  2. Describe prevention and management of PPE related skin injury
  3. Describe the importance of ensuring any prevention or treatment does not interfere PPE efficacy
  4. Launch of the NSWOCC PPE Skin Prevention and Treatment Tool kit which includes:
    1. Best Practice Recommendations
    2. Enabler
    3. Teaching Video
    4. Educational powerpoint

Hosted by our expert presenters:

– Kimberly LeBlanc, PhD, RN, NSWOC, WOCC(C)

– Corey Heerschap, MScCH(WPC), BScN, RN, NSWOC, WOCC(C), PhD (student)

– Julia Bresnai-Harris, BN, RN, NSWOC, TVN

– Britney Butt, MCISc-WH, BScN, RN, NSWOC, WOCC(C)


The use of PPE has had a dramatic increase since the onset on COVID-19. NSWOCC is providing an evidence summary for the prevention and management of PPE skin related skin injuries called Prevention & Management of Skin Damage Related to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

The tool kit contains the following information:

– Best practice recommendation document

– Quick Reference Enabler

– Educational video

– Teaching powerpoint


The PPE Tool Kit can be accessed by clicking here:

This PPE Tool Kit is intended to highlight the emerging concern of PPE-related skin injury and to provide prevention and management solutions for potential PPE related skin injury. Individuals may require a repeat mask fit testing to ensure prevention and management efforts do not interfere with PPE efficacy. Please note that it is the responsibility of each healthcare professional to verify with their institutional infection control team that any measure taken to prevent or manage PPE-related skin injuries do not interfere with the efficacy of the PPE nor are in contravention to any workplace policy.

Thank you to NSWOCC members Kimberly Leblanc (ISTAP Education Chair), Corey Heerschap, Britney Butt and Julia Bresnai who have made this tool kit happen.