Personal Protective Equipment & Gender/Sex Differences
With the COVID-19 pandemic, personal protective equipment (PPE) usage has increased significantly; however, numerous concerns have been raised regarding how well unisex equipment can fit the bodies of both men and women. Ranging from masks, gowns, gloves, and more, studies have shown that PPE is better accommodated for a typical male, leading to questions about diversity in its production.
Published to the American Medical Association's website, the article "Make sure PPE is designed to fit everyone" (by Sara Berg) breaks down the issues that arise as a result of improperly fitted equipment, statistics, current capacity, and ways that professionals are addressing this matter. As the healthcare sector is critical in enabling efficient treatments and protection, we must consider all diverse populations and body types.
Please view the article here!