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COVID-19: Cooling vests could alleviate heat strain caused by PPE

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Specializes in Mental health, substance abuse, geriatrics, PCU. Has 14 years experience.

Davey Do

Specializes in around 25 years psych, 10 years medical. Has 42 years experience.

 Groovy, TMIML!

Belinda, my medical nurse wife, says she sweats like a stoker under the PPE and that is such a cool (no pun intended) idea!

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TheMoonisMyLantern, ADN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Mental health, substance abuse, geriatrics, PCU. Has 14 years experience.

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It is very hot under all that PPE and staying in it for 8-12 hours working the Covid unit is just miserable. 

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 16 years experience.

We have cooling vests as an option for surgical staff who are scrubbed in. I can definitely see the benefit for those who spend hours in PPE. Me? I’d probably still be cold under all that gear. 

TheMoonisMyLantern, ADN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Mental health, substance abuse, geriatrics, PCU. Has 14 years experience.

Wow Rose it's amazing you guys have those, I really hope they become more readily available and used. Even without PPE I tend to burn up and I would be fine with sporting a cooling vest 😁

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 16 years experience.

6 minutes ago, TheMoonisMyLantern said:

Wow Rose it's amazing you guys have those, I really hope they become more readily available and used. Even without PPE I tend to burn up and I would be fine with sporting a cooling vest 😁

It’s literally two pockets (front and back), Velcro straps, and 4 ice packs 🤣. Manufactured to standards of course, not kludged together by random staff members getting creative. 

Kitiger, RN

Specializes in Private Duty Pediatrics. Has 42 years experience.

My husband works in a hot environment, and has used a cooling vest for several years. It is a vest with 11 pockets, 6 in front and 5 in back. Each pocket takes a small gel pack, I guess about 2" x 4", that we freeze overnight. 

He does not use the 2 pockets over his nipples!

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