By Economic Times – Medical staff complain of poor quality coveralls Medical staffers at the forefront of the fight against Covid-19 are wary about the lack of quality standards for their protection gear, which they find difficult to wear for long hours. Last Updated: Apr 25, 2020, 07.55 AM ISTNew Delhi: Medical staffers at the forefront of the fight against Covid-19 are wary about the lack of quality standards for their protection gear, which they find difficult to wear for long hours. Doctors said it is difficult to breathe in the coveralls they’ve been given to protect themselves against infection. Some manufacturers say India does not have the material to make viral barrier suits. Instead, most companies are laminating the coverall material, which adds to the discomfort.
A field test on coveralls carried out in Uttar Pradesh revealed doctors and nurses who were given coveralls to wear faced breathing issues and started sweating in 15 minutes. “The procurement agencies have not bothered to check the practical difficulties. In our field testing, we found that within 15 minutes the medical staff had started sweating profusely.
It became intolerable to wear coveralls for long hours,” said an intensive care unit physician. Doctors complained that even in air-conditioned environments, it was difficult to breathe and it got too hot. “We feel too hot after wearing it. On top of that, we are avoiding drinking water because you can’t use the same coverall if you use the urinal,” said one doctor on condition of anonymity.
Manufacturers say India doesn’t have standards for coveralls and claimed that the guidelines were tweaked and even diluted during the Ebola outbreak without taking into consideration local weather conditions. “India is a signatory to ISO standards. The Bureau of Indian Standards can make changes in the standards as per climate and weather conditions. BIS came out with a draft in mid-April. However, within hours, the document was withdrawn from their website,” said a manufacturer. In India, manufacturers use laminated or poly-coated material.
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