William D. Jones, MD is an independent doctor in Oklahoma City, OK, specializing in preventative medicine. Through his involvement with the American Medical Association, William D. Jones, MD has researched infection prevention related to the coronavirus pandemic.
Infection prevention and control have never been more widely discussed than during the coronavirus pandemic, which medical professionals have widely attributed to the dramatic increase in infections within the medical industry. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is in such high demand that many organizations and entities realize that their PPE is insufficient in supply or design. Extreme pressure from the pandemic’s demands on healthcare professionals has led some to criticize how most unisex PPE is designed to fit the average European male, for example.
Improperly fitting PPE can be a source of anxiety or legitimate danger for women in healthcare who are on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19. Statistics from the American Medical Association show that 57 percent of women using PPE were significantly hampered by the size and shape of the equipment being ill-suited. There is a higher risk of injury from slipping up when using gloves or shoes that don’t fit. Some women even reported developing pressure ulcers from masks that wouldn’t form a vacuum seal without forceful adjustment.