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    IOM examines health care PPE

    February 1, 2011

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    Washington – The Institute of Medicine on Jan. 27 released a report on personal protective equipment for health care workers in an effort to prevent transmission of pandemic influenza and other viral respiratory diseases.

    The report updates previous research and recommends a four-pronged strategy for effective PPE use:

    • Deliberate preparation at the leadership and organizational levels
    • Comprehensive training for all personnel
    • Widespread and convenient availability of PPE
    • Accountability at every level

    IOM also found gaps in research and offered several recommendations aimed at continuing the research momentum. Among them:

    • Develop standardized terms and definitions
    • Examine the effectiveness of facemasks and faceshields
    • Explore health care safety culture and work

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