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

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by TheMoonisMyLantern TheMoonisMyLantern, ADN, LPN, RN Member Nurse

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Davey Do

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 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

TheMoonisMyLantern, ADN, LPN, RN

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Link fixed! 

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

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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

TheMoonisMyLantern, ADN, LPN, RN

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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

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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

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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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