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Am J Infect Control. 2018 Feb;46(2):235-237. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2017.08.041. Epub 2017 Oct 16.

Difficulties in using personal protective equipment: Training experiences with the 2015 outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome in Korea.

Author information

1
College of Nursing, Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea; Research Institute of Nursing Science, Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Electronic address: jahyunkang@gmail.com.
2
Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, Republic of Korea.
3
Konkuk University Medical Center, Seoul, Republic of Korea.
4
Soonchunhyang University Bucheon Hospital, Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea.
5
Dankook University Hospital, Cheonan-si, Chungcheongnam-do, Republic of Korea.
6
Chung-Ang University Hospital, Seoul, Republic of Korea.
7
College of Nursing, Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea.
8
Soonchunhyang University Seoul Hospital, Seoul, Republic of Korea.
9
Konyang University Hospital, Daejeon-si, Chungcheongnam-do, Republic of Korea.
10
Yonsei University Severance Hospital, Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Abstract

This study aimed to evaluate practical barriers to personal protective equipment (PPE) use found through health care personnel (HCP) training sessions held during and after the 2015 Middle East respiratory syndrome outbreak in Korea. Difficulties observed were ill-fitting sizes, anxiety, confusion from unstandardized protocols, doubts about PPE quality and effectiveness, and complexity of using several PPE items together. Further research to generate robust evidence and repeated HCP trainings are necessary to ensure HCP and patient safety in future outbreaks.

KEYWORDS:

Focus group interview; Health care personnel; Personal protective equipment

PMID:
29050907
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajic.2017.08.041
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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