Study: Work experience related to increased use of PPE for flu

By: May 15th, 2012 Email This Post Print This Post

Proper use of PPE for protection against H1N1 comes with healthcare worker experience, but not as much in the emergency department.

That is the conclusion of a study published online by the American Journal of Infection Control, May 11.

“Impact of the 2009 influenza A (H1N1) pandemic on Canadian health care workers: A survey on vaccination, illness, absenteeism, and personal protective equipment,” surveyed healthcare workers providing direct care to patients with H1N1 influenza in high-risk units in 14 hospitals between September and December 2009.

The 986 respondents included 80% nurses, 14% respiratory therapists, and 6% physicians.

Compliance with wearing an N95 respirator for aerosol-generating medical procedures was higher in intensive care units or designated influenza wards than among staff in emergency departments.

Also, healthcare workers with more than 11 years experience were more compliant with PPE eye protection than less experienced co-workers.


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