Re Education For Nursing Techniques Can Improve Ppe Compliance

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Re-education in nursing techniques can improve PPE compliance In Texas, October of 2014 an outbreak of the Ebola virus created a nationwide scare among healthcare workers (Chevalier et al., 2014). The virus infected two nurses in Texas and created a media frenzy with a spotlight on healthcare workers use of personal protective equipment or PPE’s (Beam et al. 2015). Nurses are typically the front line of defense in treatment of patients regardless of potentially deadly infections and illness. Contact isolation occurs when patients are infected with diseases that are easily transferred by contact, droplets, or even airborne illnesses (Center of Disease Control and Infection Prevention [CDC], 2011). Illnesses requiring contact isolation include; drug-resistant bacteria, hazardous drugs, tuberculosis, influenza, viruses, and any form of dangerous pathogens (CDC, 2011). Patients in contact isolation require nursing staff to protect themselves from infection as well as other patients with whom they are treating. Standard PPE’s include; glove, gowns, aprons, surgical face masks, protective eyewear, and face shields (Neo, Edward, & Mills, 2012). The problem (gap), does the sequence and the ability for donning and doffing PPE’s increase risk of infection among clinicians or nursing staff when caring for patients in isolation? The purpose is to determine if re-education interventions of nursing staff will improve adherence to the application sequence and usage of PPE’s among…

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