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PPE and medical supplies

Protecting your skin while using PPE

The Academy has developed guidance in Skin Protection Guidelines for Using PPE (PDF download) to help dermatologists and other health care professionals prevent and treat conditions associated with prolonged use of PPE and other protective measures. You can also refer to a convenient infographic on Skin Care for Health Workers during COVID-19 (PDF download) that covers the same information. The guidelines and infographic address preventing dermatitis caused by frequent hand washing, preventing skin injury from wearing N95 respirator masks and surgical masks, and more. Share these resources with staff to encourage best practices.

Conserving PPE

The FDA has outlined several conservation strategies based on supply levels to assist health care organizations and personnel in managing items such as surgical masks, surgical and isolation gowns, and surgical suits. The Academy has developed guidance encouraging members to take steps to preserve protective equipment during the COVID-19 outbreak. Conservation strategies should remain in place in case a surge in cases again limits PPE supplies. Hoarding in all its forms must be avoided so that urgently needed medications and supplies are available for our patients and health care responders on the front lines.

In addition, the Academy advises dermatologists to be cautious with posts on social media which may be perceived as either "hoarding" (masks, medications, or other) or suggesting that specific, unproven treatments may be beneficial for COVID-19 in the absence of data. Medications should continue to be reserved for their indicated use, and for the patients who need them.

The AAD offers members a buying program that negotiates lower prices on medical supplies, including PPE.

Additional COVID-19 clinical guidance resources

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