Surgical masks were originally designed to protect the wearer from infectious droplets in clinical settings, but it doesn’t help much to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.
Federal, state, city, and medical partners of US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are awaiting its findings about the stockpiled personal protective equipment (PPE).
Data from the 2014 Ebola virus outbreak at two Sierra Leone facilities reveal daily usage rates for disinfectant and personal protective equipment, informing future outbreaks.
This chapter provides an outline of the following best practices:
- General Principles
- Personal Protective Equipment for Healthcare Worker
- Personal Protective Equipment for Trained Observer
- Donning and Doffing
- Healthcare Waste Management
- Suggested Practice in Under-Resourced Settings.
The assessment found that optimizing doffing protocols to protect against all types of viruses may necessitate reinforcing careful handling of scrubs and good glove/hand hygiene with effective agents.
Human factors methodologies can identify error-prone steps, and suggest remediation strategies.
The US Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) and Applied Research Associates, Inc. are partnering to advance the development of respirators that can be reused up to 100 times.
This resource offers videos on respirator wselection and use in an agricultural setting.
Hospital infection control guidelines recommend surgical masks for infections spread by droplets, but new research challenges that approach.
Findings suggest the inclusion of saturation or similar liquid stress simulation in protective equipment testing standards.