Reintroducing practical logic to PPE use: A video-based survey

Su-Yin Hor, Mary Wyer, Lyn Gilbert, Rachel Urwin, Margo Louise Turnbull, Margaret Murphy, Christine Jorm

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Abstract

Emergency Department (ED) staff are at greater risk than other staff, of acquiring infectious diseases and inadvertently transmitting pathogens prior to diagnosis. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is crucial in reducing these risks, but what PPE is both sufficiently protective and practicable for routine use is contested. This study explores clinicians' opinions about what PPE is safe and feasible in different patient scenarios, using video clips of experienced clinicians donning and doffing PPE according to current national guidelines. The study aims to develop recommendations for minimum appropriate PPE adherence for frontline ED staff, when assessing newly admitted patients with unknown infectious risks.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberS15
JournalInfection, Disease and Health
Volume22
Issue numberSupplement 1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017
Externally publishedYes

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