Study: Forgetfulness, discomfort blamed for respiratory hygiene noncompliance

By: April 23rd, 2012 Email This Post Print This Post

Even though nearly all emergency department triage nurses at two university hospitals know that wearing masks makes sense when practicing respiratory hygiene, few do it. And the reason is: They forget.

“Respiratory hygiene in emergency departments: Compliance, beliefs, and perceptions,” which appeared online in the American Journal of Infection Control, April 16, studied what factors influence respiratory hygiene compliance rates among healthcare workers.

The study found that while 91.9% of triage nurses believed that the mask was an effective preventive measure, only 22% were actually in compliance. Furthermore, 68% of respondents perceived that they were in compliance.

“The main obstacles toward mask wearing by the healthcare worker were ‘tendency to forget’ (37.8%) and ‘discomfort’ (35.1%),” according to the study.


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By Bruce Cunha on April 24th, 2012 at 2:05 pm

OSHA and CDC need to read this. If we are talking about a mask, do you wonder why trying to get employees to use an N95 or higher Respirator is so difficult?

And unfortunately, the employer is held as requiring that Employees use their PPE.


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