Seeking feedback on PPE handbook

By: March 2nd, 2016 Email This Post Print This Post

Hi folks –

Once again, it’s time to ask your opinion about books we at the Safety group at HCPro are working on.

Our latest effort, due out in June, will be a book tentatively called the PPE Handbook for Healthcare Facilities. Based on customer research we conducted, a whopping 85% said they were concerned about proper PPE and its use, and about 50% said they were concerned about pandemic response. About 66% said they would buy a book about Ebola response, and 75% indicated they were likely to buy a book about reducing healthcare-associated infections and infection control as a whole.

Following the Ebola outbreak of late 2014, there were many healthcare workers who complained that their facility did not properly train them or provide proper PPE. In fact, about 50% of our respondents indicated they felt their facility was only “somewhat prepared” for a pandemic or biological emergency.

Another 84% said their facility was forced to change their response plan after last year’s outbreak of Ebola. These changes include new PPE and training their staff members to work with it. Others indicated they have created “SWAT” teams capable of responding quickly to new patients and isolate them quickly. Still others said they have updated their emergency plans to include an Ebola-specific plans, and have drilled with their staff.

We want to produce a book that will be a comprehensive primer of the proper PPE for any infectious diseases/substances healthcare workers are likely to encounter, especially given Ebola, MERS, and other highly infectious diseases that are showing up at hospitals. We could cover respirators, full body suits including donning and doffing techniques, spotters, PAPR respirators and N95 respirators as well as when each would be required. This will be a shorter, “go-to” reference that could also be used to help train your staff.

I’d like to know your thoughts on this book – what you’d like to see in it, what the need for the book is, and what tools, checklists and information you’d like to read about.

Please shoot me an email with your thoughts as soon as possible at Your input will help shape the content of the book!

Thank you!

John Palmer


By Jill Zwick on March 3rd, 2016 at 10:51 am

I would like to see a book that outlines infection control in a family practice medical office. Many of the documents I read about infection control are hospital or long-term care based.

By Prof Ronnie Russell on March 3rd, 2016 at 12:02 pm

A comment here from Ireland, Biosafety officer at Trinity College, University of Dublin.
We deal with many US healthcare and manufacturing facilities and have extensive biomed facilities. The biggest problem we see is procurement of unsuitable PPE. We have carried out extensive testing on available fabrics and found them to be dangerously flammable, coated with allergens, carcinogens and other toxic materials. Many of these originate in China but have passed ‘safety testing’ in the EU and US. We have found problems with both non-wovens and launderables. So we are suggesting protocols for choosing PPE, for maintenance and aftercare, for appropriate disinfection, for monitoring of same and for eventual disposal.

By Claudia Tetenbaum on March 3rd, 2016 at 12:08 pm

I would love to review the book

By Etta Bushong on March 4th, 2016 at 9:32 am

I would like to review the book.

By Katherine Rowles on June 3rd, 2016 at 8:29 am

I would like to review this book.

By Mary Russell on June 30th, 2016 at 1:12 pm

Would be honored to be considered to review this publication.

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