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Personal protective equipment in health care: Can online infection control courses transfer knowledge and improve proper selection and use?

Authors
Journal
American Journal of Infection Control
0196-6553
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
36
Issue
10
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.ajic.2008.07.007

Abstract

We used observational evaluation to assess the ability of an online learning course to effectively transfer knowledge on personal protective equipment (PPE) selection and removal. During orientations for new hospital staff, 117 participants applied either airborne, droplet, or contact precautions in mock scenarios. Postcourse, all 3 scenarios demonstrated improvement in PPE sequence scores ( P = .001); moreover, hand hygiene also was more frequent during both donning and doffing of PPE ( P < .001).

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