#3 Reduce Perspiration with damp, cool scrubs or Under Armour shirt
Rinse scrubs in ice cold water and wring out before donning containment suits. The cool, damp fabric will help cool core body temperature. The damp, cool scrubs can be immediately implemented.
Utilize Under Armour shirts in same manner by rinsing the shirts in ice cold water before donning containment suits.
Also, recommend that HCP wear a cold, damp bandana tied around forehead, and/or another around the neck, which will help cool the top of their head.
Note: The cooling effect of wearing cold, damp scrubs is subjective to the wearer’s perception of whether or not they feel more comfortable for a longer period of time. The intent of rinsing scrubs in cold water and then immediately donning before putting on PPE, is to help the HCP extend the amount of time that they can wear the PPE. The current average of time in PPE is described as only 1 hour before the HCP has to remove it. If the cold, damp scrubs help to extend the time even by 15 minutes, then it’ll help HCP and help cut costs. If helping the HCP stay cool for 15 minutes longer because body is initially cooled by the cold dampness of the scrubs then it’s helping the HCP and cutting overall costs of PPE. An additional 15 minutes of wear, multiplied by HCP, multiplied by each month – will help cut down number of PPE suits used. Hopefully, the process will give 15 minutes additional time before HCP became extremely hot and uncomfortable.
Note 2: The scrubs aren’t an additional layer of insulating material because scrubs are already worn by HCPs beneath the PPE. The suggestion of using Under Armour shirts is intended for the HCP to try using a cold, damp UA shirt instead of a scrub shirt.
The cold, damp scrubs should help immediately lower the HCP’s body temp which should help give the HCP a few minutes of feeling cooler, and then as the scrubs become warmer from body heat – give an additional few minutes of normal temp before finally becoming hot in the PPE. Whereas, as soon as the HCP dons the PPE – they’re too hot - using the current process.
Note 3: I recommend multiple tests in different settings by multiple users since the results are subjective. The results are perception based and will differ for each wearer. However, the over-all result should be an additional extended amount of time, in the PPE. The wearing of cold, damp scrubs should help HCP feel cooler even if by a few minutes - whether in Western Hospitals or in West Africa’s hot climates.
Summary of all combined ideas: https://openideo.com/challenge/fighting-ebola/ideas/fighting-ebola-war-against-ebola