Methods: A cross sectional survey was conducted in a VA Medical Center to assess the training that personnel receive in the use of PPE. Physicians, nursing staff and ancillary staff completed written questionnaires on the type and frequency of PPE training they received and their confidence in avoiding contamination.
Results: Of 222 participants, 34% were physicians, 33% were nurses, and 33% were ancillary staff. Twenty-five percent of personnel reported that they had received no PPE training in their current position, and 9% reported never receiving such training during their career. The most common training methods were formal training with return demonstrations (46%) and informal on the job training by supervisors or co-workers (42%). Forty one percent of personnel received computer-based training. Physicians were more likely to report receiving no PPE training than nurses (16% versus 1%) and only 13% reported receiving formal training requiring demonstration of correct technique. Of 222 personnel, 142 (63%) felt confident that they could avoid contamination with their PPE technique.
Conclusion: A majority of healthcare personnel felt confident that they could avoid contamination with their PPE technique. However, our findings suggest that formal training in correct PPE technique is uncommon, particularly among physicians. Further studies are needed to assess the effectiveness of current training methods.
J. Cadnum, None
T. S. C. Mana, None
A. Jencson, None
A. Shaikh, None
C. J. Donskey, None