Wearing cooling-materials under the PPE to reduce the total number of "doffings"
"Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worn by healthcare workers becomes incredibly hot, especially in humid environments, making it essential for health care workers to take multiple breaks. Each time the PPE is put on or taken off, the risk of infection increases."
Quote from the challenge
This made me think about how to reduce the total number the PPE's are taken off...
The highest risk of spreading the virus in my opinion arises from a large number of nurses and doctors taking off their PPE’s (“doffing”) and disposing them after treating patients.
Due to extreme environmental conditions such as enormous heat, regularly breaks are necessary which leads to an increased total number of doctors/ nurses doffing their PPE's. Therefore, I suggest counteracting the extreme heat by wearing cooling-materials under the PPE or implementing them into the suit itself. This can increase the time of people working to fight this virus and simultaneously reduce the risk of spreading the virus while taking off the PPE, as it simply does not happen that often.
Here are two possible technologies from the sports industry that can help the body cool down: One technology uses gel-packs, whereas the other enables reducing body temperature by initiating an endothermic reaction through polymer rings that absorb moisture.
This can help to decrease the risk of spreading the virus by reducing the total number of times people take off the PPE.