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Opportunities to bridge gaps between respiratory protection guidance and practice in US health care

  • Barbara I. Braun (a1), Brette A. Tschurtz (a1), Hasina Hafiz (a1), Debra A. Novak (a2), Maria C. Montero (a3), Cynthia M. Alexander (a4), Loretta Litz Fauerbach (a5), MaryAnn Gruden (a6), Marcia T. Isakari (a7), David T. Kuhar (a8), Lisa A. Pompeii (a9), Melanie D. Swift (a10) and Lewis J. Radonovich (a11)...

Abstract

Healthcare organizations are required to provide workers with respiratory protection (RP) to mitigate hazardous airborne inhalation exposures. This study sought to better identify gaps that exist between RP guidance and clinical practice to understand issues that would benefit from additional research or clarification.

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Author for correspondence: Barbara Braun, Email: BBraun@jointcommission.org

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PREVIOUS PRESENTATIONS: The results of this study were presented at the following conferences: (1) The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) Spring 2018 Conference on April 19, 2018, in Portland, Oregon; (2) The Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) 2018 National Conference on September 8, 2018, in Glendale, Arizona; and (3) The International Society for Respiratory Protection (ISRP) 2018 Conference on September 17, 2018, in Denver, Colorado.

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