NIOSH publication addresses improper use of respiratory protection in health care

Document provides information to help protect health care workers in daily practice, emergencies

Posted March 24, 2016

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) released a workforce solution document to help protect health care workers (HCWs) from improper use of respiratory protective devices (RPDs) that may expose them to infectious respiratory illnesses.

The document, Preparedness through Daily Practice: The Myths of Respiratory Protection in Healthcare, addresses common myths related to respiratory protection and provides information to reinforce respiratory protection program administrator responsibilities and HCW knowledge concerning the proper use of these devices so that they can be prepared for the next public health emergency and best protect themselves in daily practice.

According to NIOSH, evidence from surveillance studies indicates gaps in hospitals’ respiratory protection programmatic operations and HCWs marginal compliance with respiratory protection recommended practices.


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