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WaterWipes supports healthcare heroes by reducing Facial Pressure Injuries caused by wearing PPE

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2 minutes 6 seconds

24/03/2021

A study commissioned by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) has found that WaterWipes, in combination with a moisturiser and tape, reduces Facial Pressure Injuries in COVID-19 healthcare workers caused by the prolonged wearing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Given the extremely difficult circumstances our healthcare heroes are working in, WaterWipes is delighted to have supported the RCSI on this important study and proud that the use of WaterWipes helped reduce the occurrence of Facial Pressure Injuries in frontline COVID-19 healthcare workers when wearing PPE.

The study which was carried out on 300 frontline staff members and led by researchers from the RCSI, found that prior to using the products, 29% developed a Facial Pressure Injury, whereas after using the product bundle, staff were five times less likely to develop an injury when wearing PPE, with only 8% developing a Facial Pressure Injury.

Supporting healthcare heroes

The RCSI chose WaterWipes as they wanted to include a gentle and pure wipe for the staff to clean their faces with – both before they applied their PPE and after it was removed.

The water used in WaterWipes is ultra-pure and goes through a 7-step purification process to soften it and remove all the impurities. The water in the wipes helps cleanse the skin, without the need for additional cleansing ingredients, and without leaving any residue behind.

We are really proud to have been part of this study to support frontline workers

Edward McCloskey, WaterWipes® founder

Edward McCloskey, WaterWipes® founder said, “We are really proud to have been part of this study to support frontline workers during these difficult times and delighted to confirm that the use of WaterWipes® helped reduce the occurrence of Facial Pressure Injuries. The water in our wipes helps cleanse the skin, without the need for additional cleansing ingredients, and without leaving any residue behind. At WaterWipes®, we have a strong medical heritage and we are dedicated to investing in new research and development to support healthcare professionals around the world.”

For any parents looking for more support in the COVID-19 pandemic, check out our top tips for protecting yourself and your little ones.

Healthcare professional wearing PPE and Healthcare professional with facial pressure injuries on face

About WaterWipes

WaterWipes are the world’s purest baby wipes, made with 99.9% water and a drop of fruit extract, they are proven to be purer than cotton wool and water. WaterWipes are now 100% biodegradable, plant-based and compostable* wipes. For more information on WaterWipes, please visit the WaterWipes homepage.

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