IOM examines health care PPE

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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