The study which was carried out independently and led by researchers from RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences Skin Wounds and Trauma (SWaT) Research Centre, took place over a two-month period amongst healthcare workers in a large acute hospital in Ireland. Published in the Journal of Wound Care , the study of 300 frontline staff examined the effect of WaterWipes (in combination with a moisturiser and tape) on PPE skin damage and the occurrence of FPIs.
WaterWipes uses ultrapure water
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 RCSI independently identified the purity of WaterWipes through staff recommendations.
WaterWipes are purer than cotton wool and water and are manufactured under clean room conditions, using a unique purifying technology. This means the water passes through a seven-step purification process to remove physical and chemical impurities, soften and purify the water. The water in the wipes helps cleanse the skin, without the need for additional cleansing ingredients, and without leaving any residue behind. Additionally, WaterWipes’ wipe material undergoes a decontamination process, which results in a fresh, pure product that is stable for 20 months unopened or four weeks after opening.
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WaterWipes is dedicated to recognising the incredible work healthcare heroes have done over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, and beyond.
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. 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.Edward McCloskey, WaterWipes® founder
The RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences
Professor Zena Moore, SWaT Researcher Centre Director and Head of the RCSI School of Nursing and Midwifery, was lead researcher on the study.
We are acutely aware of the facial injuries, such as pressure ulcers, bruises and skin tears that healthcare workers are experiencing due to the prolonged wearing of protective equipment during the pandemic and especially the wearing of medical face masks. These injuries can be painful for staff and injuries in some cases can put them at increased risk of infection. This study is the first of its kind carried out at the height of the pandemic in an effort to help mitigate the occurrence of Facial Pressure Injuries. The results tell us that when skincare is prioritised, and a systematic preventative care bundle approach is adopted, there are clear benefits for the frontline workers and the workplaces involved.Professor Zena Moore