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SHEA: Study finds major problems with PPE doffing

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November 24, 2019

By John Palmer

For years, infection control experts have warned that improper donning and doffing of personal protective equipment (PPE) when dealing with patients who have highly contagious illnesses can lead to trouble.

Now, there appears to be evidence that those experts were right, as a clinical study has found evidence of healthcare workers (HCW) who have been contaminated because of improper practice—even while following CDC guidelines.

According to a report published in the Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, a journal from The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, researchers found that more than a third (39%) of the 125 HCWs observed acquired a multidrug-resistant organism during a patient encounter. About 95 patients were studied, all of whom were on contact precautions for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant Enterococci, or multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacilli.

For years, infection control experts have warned that improper donning and doffing of personal protective equipment (PPE) when dealing with patients who have highly contagious illnesses can lead to trouble.
Now, there appears to be evidence that those experts were right.



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