Evidence Based Best Practices in Clinical Healthcare

Title

Improving Compliance with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Nursing

Minor

n/a

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Dr. Marcia Hobbs

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

The primary method for preventing the spread of infectious organisms in the hospital setting is through the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Over the years, much research has been done concerning the spread of pathogens and various prevention measures have been established. It is now common knowledge that the use of PPE, such as gloves, gowns, masks, and shoe covers, prevents the spread of infection causing organisms from one patient to another. Although healthcare workers commonly understand the use of PPE, the importance of properly adhering to those guidelines often does not meet the standards set aside by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is also known that although healthcare workers may exhibit compliance, they may not properly put on (donning) and take off (doffing) the PPE. Therefore, the purpose of this research is to determine educational methods that can utilized in the healthcare setting to improve compliance, adherence, and correct usage of PPE.

Location

Large Ballroom, Curris Center, Murray State University

Start Date

November 2016

End Date

November 2016

Affiliations

Nursing

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Improving Compliance with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Large Ballroom, Curris Center, Murray State University

The primary method for preventing the spread of infectious organisms in the hospital setting is through the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Over the years, much research has been done concerning the spread of pathogens and various prevention measures have been established. It is now common knowledge that the use of PPE, such as gloves, gowns, masks, and shoe covers, prevents the spread of infection causing organisms from one patient to another. Although healthcare workers commonly understand the use of PPE, the importance of properly adhering to those guidelines often does not meet the standards set aside by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is also known that although healthcare workers may exhibit compliance, they may not properly put on (donning) and take off (doffing) the PPE. Therefore, the purpose of this research is to determine educational methods that can utilized in the healthcare setting to improve compliance, adherence, and correct usage of PPE.