Beyond the PPE shortage: Improperly fitting personal protective equipment and COVID-19 transmission among health care professionals

Xue Ming, Carly Ray, Mahindra Bandari

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Abstract

Background: Personal protective equipment (PPE) use is required when caring for COVID-19 patients. Proper mask fitting is essential in prevention of infectious agent transmission at hospital setting.Methods and Results: We describe three cases of health care professionals (HCP) in a COVID-19 designated ward with positive SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR results, and were found to have improperly fitted masks.Conclusion: These cases of improperly fitting masks in HCP may have contributed to their eventual COVID-19 infection. These cases raise the important issue of PPE fitting. Abbreviations: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Health Care Professional (HCP), Real-time PCR (RT-PCR).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)246-247
Number of pages2
JournalHospital practice (1995)
Volume48
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)

Keywords

  • Covid-19
  • N95
  • equipment
  • facemask
  • personal protection equipment (PPE)
  • testing
  • transmission

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