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Am J Infect Control. 2015 Feb;43(2):169-70. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2014.11.002. Epub 2014 Dec 13.

Barriers to the use of face protection for standard precautions by health care providers.

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1
Infection Prevention and Control, Department of Patient Care Services, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA. Electronic address: jkinlay@rcn.com.
2
Infection Prevention and Control, Department of Patient Care Services, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA.
3
Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA.
4
Infection Prevention and Control, Department of Patient Care Services, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA; Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA.

Abstract

Health care providers sometimes choose not to use face protection even when indicated as part of standard precautions. We performed a survey of pediatric health care providers to determine barriers to the routine use of face protection. Lack of availability at the point of care and a perceived lack of need were the most commonly cited issues. Continuing education is needed regarding situations in which face protection is indicated for standard precautions.

KEYWORDS:

Eye protection; Health personnel; Standard precautions

PMID:
25516218
PMCID:
PMC4367448
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajic.2014.11.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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