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Acceptability and Necessity of Training for Optimal Personal Protective Equipment Use

  • Michelle Doll (a1), Moshe Feldman (a2), Sarah Hartigan (a1) (a2), Kakotan Sanogo (a1), Michael Stevens (a1) (a2), Myriah McReynolds (a1), Nadia Masroor (a1), Kaila Cooper (a1) and Gonzalo Bearman (a1) (a2)...

Abstract

Healthcare workers routinely self-contaminate even when using personal protective equipment. Observations of donning/ doffing practices on inpatient units along with surveys were used to assess the need for a personal protective equipment training program. In contrast to low perceived risk, observed doffing behaviors demonstrate significant personal protective equipment technique deficits.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2017;38:226–229

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Address correspondence to Michelle Doll, MD, MPH, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, PO Box 980019, Richmond, VA 23298-0019 (Michelle.Doll@vcuhealth.org).

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Acceptability and Necessity of Training for Optimal Personal Protective Equipment Use

  • Michelle Doll (a1), Moshe Feldman (a2), Sarah Hartigan (a1) (a2), Kakotan Sanogo (a1), Michael Stevens (a1) (a2), Myriah McReynolds (a1), Nadia Masroor (a1), Kaila Cooper (a1) and Gonzalo Bearman (a1) (a2)...

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