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Am J Infect Control. 2015 Oct 1;43(10):1116-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2015.05.041. Epub 2015 Jul 13.

Practices around the use of masks and respirators among hospital health care workers in 3 diverse populations.

Author information

1
School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Electronic address: abrar.chughtai@unsw.edu.au.
2
School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
3
National TB Control Program, Ministry of Health, Islamabad, Pakistan.
4
The Beijing Center for Disease Prevention and Control, Beijing, China.
5
National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Abstract

A cross-sectional survey was conducted in 89 secondary- and tertiary-level hospitals in 3 countries, and samples of masks and respirators were also collected and examined. Results showed varied practices around the use of masks and respirators, which are probably influenced by the available resources and local recommendations. Nonstandardized practices are common in low-resource settings, which may be placing health care workers at risk.

KEYWORDS:

Avian influenza; Infectious diseases; Influenza; Pandemic influenza; Tuberculosis

PMID:
26184766
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajic.2015.05.041
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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