332. Are Healthcare Personnel Trained in Correct Use of Personal Protective Equipment?
Session: Poster Abstract Session: HAI: Occupational Health
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Room: Poster Hall
  • IDSA poster Amrita 9_23.pdf (299.1 kB)
  • Background: Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) reduces, but does not eliminate, the risk that personnel may become contaminate with pathogens. In simulations of contaminated PPE removal, we previously demonstrated that healthcare personnel (HCP) often use incorrect PPE removal technique and frequently contaminate their skin and clothing. We hypothesized that HCP receive insufficient training on correct methods of PPE donning and doffing.

    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.

    Amrita John, MBBS1, Myreen Tomas, MD2, Jennifer Cadnum, B.S.3, Thriveen S.C. Mana, MS4, Annette Jencson, BS, MT, CIC3, Aaron Shaikh, MSW5 and Curtis J. Donskey, MD6, (1)Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine, UniversityHospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH, (2)Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Centers, Cleveland VA Medical Center, Cleveland, OH, (3)Research Service, Cleveland VA Medical Center, Cleveland, OH, (4)Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, (5)School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, (6)Infectious Diseases, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH


    A. John, None

    M. Tomas, None

    J. Cadnum, None

    T. S. C. Mana, None

    A. Jencson, None

    A. Shaikh, None

    C. J. Donskey, None

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