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Physician posts image of bruised face from PPE in action to anti-mask campaign

Physician posts image of bruised face from PPE in action to anti-mask campaign
An emergency doctor has posted a photograph of the bruises caused by having to wear personal protection equipment (PPE) for 12 hours at a time. Dr Elysha Brennan posted the photograph on her Instagram page in response to the anti-mask campaigners at the weekend. She captioned it: “It’s day 8/12 and my face is battered…

An emergency situation doctor has posted a photograph of the contusions brought on by having to use personal security equipment (PPE) for 12 hours at a time.

Dr Elysha Brennan published the photo on her Instagram page in reaction to the anti-mask advocates at the weekend.

She captioned it: “It’s day 8/12 and my face is damaged from PPE. I have actually shut off my news notifies due to the fact that I can not see another story about people marching in their thousands to protest versus wearing face masks.”

All frontline health care employees have to use air-tight goggles in hospital settings with N95 masks, full-length gowns and gloves.

Dr Brennan, who was the Rose of Tralee in 2015, said she took the picture on Monday during the middle of her 12 hour shift after checking out the anti-mask protesters at the weekend and seeing video of a DJ who declared it was his constitutional right not to have to wear a mask.

Dr Brennan operates in a busy accident and emergency department in the west of Ireland She asked that the health center not be named.

On my 8th day in a row of work I went into the restroom and saw this reflection looking back at me. Got my phone to take a picture & saw posts turning up about the marches in Dublin over the weekend where thousands were opposing wearing masks …

— elysha brennan (@2015 RoseElysha) September 14, 2020

As part of her training, medical professionals like her do 12 days in a row of 12 hour shifts. In her case it is with kids as she wants to end up being a paediatrician.

Many children are entering healthcare facilities at present with viruses and are considered “query Covid- 19” so they are tested for the illness. They are put into a “red stream” where the medical professionals and nurses treating them like Dr Brennan need to use complete PPE.

” The bulk will probably return with a negative swab, but how are we to understand when we remain in a busy A&E department when you have very weak kids with temperatures?” she said.

The safety glasses are needed because Covid-19 can be sent through the eyes. After several hours the seal made by them starts to harm and medical professionals get bruising to the foreheads, eyes and nose.

” I was so fed up. Healthcare workers are not invincible. A few of us have hidden conditions, however we are still entering into work every day putting on a mask to protect ourselves since that is evidence-based medication,” she said.

” We do it for 12 hour shifts, 12 days in a row. All we are asking is that individuals placed on a cloth mask and try and physically distance from each other.

” I feel rather strongly, we do not need the public to be calling us health care heroes. We don’t need claps. We just require people to listen to the specialists and NPHET (National Public Health Emergency Team) and the CMO (primary medical officer) and value there is concrete evidence-based medication behind using masks, physically distancing and staying at house when you are unhealthy.”

Dr Brennan has a hidden condition arising out of treatment she is receiving for Hodgkin’s lymphoma which she contracted in2012 She is continuing to take the autoimmune suppressant drug Vedolizumab.

She states there is a “substantial sense of anxiety among all of us in the health care settings coming into the winter” which is the busiest times for public healthcare facilities.

” Any person knows that winter season is a very tough time for caring for patients. Kids get very ill and now we have this added pressure with Covid. Our resources are quite diminished. Everybody is a little bit tired from that very first wave that peaked in April and we are dealing with into a tough winter ahead.”

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