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Warning issued for staff wearing PPE during warm weather

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NHS hospitals have been advised to protect all staff wearing PPE during the warmer weather amid concerns the higher temperatures could increase the risk of heat stress. 

A letter from Public Health England sent across GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals, have recommended that staff wearing PPE should be given regular breaks and have a buddy system so that signs of heat stress can be spotted early on. 

The letter describes how PPE may need to be changed more frequently which may increase demand. 

Symptoms of heat stress are similar to heat exhaustion and the necessary actions should be taken to help avoid overheating. 

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Source: The Independent, 10 June 2021

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