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Authors

  1. Moore, Riley
  2. Hayward, Alexandra MPH, CIC
  3. Necaise, Kellee MSN, MSA, RN, CIC

Abstract

Background: Personal protective equipment (PPE) plays a critical role in protecting health care workers (HCWs). During the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, shortages of PPE supplies drastically changed the way PPE was obtained and used by HCWs.

 

Purpose: The objective was to investigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and patient isolation type on PPE compliance.

 

Methods: This investigation was a survey of HCWs at a level 1 trauma teaching hospital regarding PPE compliance patterns prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Results: HCWs reported an increase in PPE compliance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly half (48.6%) of respondents reported that isolation type impacted the decision to wear PPE, of which most were likely to forgo PPE with contact precautions.

 

Conclusions: HCWs identified multiple barriers to compliance. The underutilization of PPE with contact precautions suggests that the risk of exposure is interpreted as low, and this could be a future target of education.