The research project “COVerskIn-D: The device for the prevention of skin lesions caused by PPE” from the Faculty of Pharmacy of the Universidade de Lisboa (FFUL) was distinguished by the Portuguese Association of Hospital Pharmacists (APFH) with the “APFH 2020 Award for Best Poster“. The award was announced on the 30th November 2020, during the closing session of the “APFH Immersive Virtual Congress 30 Years of Creating Value”.

The distinguished work is related to COVID-19 – and in particular the protection of the skin of health professionals bounded to various aggressions caused by the prolonged use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – proposing “the development of a semi-solid topical formulation” for skin protection and injury prevention.

The study – funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology under the project UIDB / 04138/2020, UIDP / 04138/2020 and RESERACH4COVID19 nº 150 – was developed by a multidisciplinary team in the areas of Pharmaceutical Technology and Chemistry, which includes Teaching Staff and Researchers from FFUL / Research Institute for Medicines (iMed.ULisboa) (Andreia Rosatella, António Almeida, Carlos Afonso, Helena Margarida Ribeiro, Joana Marto), specialists from the Serviço de Gestão Técnico-Farmacêutica do Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Norte, E.P.E Hospital de Santa Maria (Filipa Cosme Silva and João Paulo Cruz) and PhD Trials (Pedro Pinto).

The results obtained allowed to conclude that “COVerskin-D is a practicable, safe and low-cost alternative”, and its implementation is expected in national hospitals.