J.Cahill, A.Kay, V.Howard, B.Mulcahy, M.Forde, S.George, E.Ziampra, F.Duffy, G.Lacey, F.Fitzpatrick
- Staff experience (n = 45) during COVID-19 & personal protective equipment (PPE) use was described.
- COVID-19 has impacted staff social life/home-work interface (80%) and mental health (42%).
- Knowledge of procedures was the most cited risk associated with PPE use (40%).
- Contributory factors to PPE errors included inadequate time (43%) and staffing pressures (29%).
- The majority (78%) supported mindfulness integration into PPE practice.
To describe the lived experience of healthcare staff during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic relating to the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and investigate risks associated with PPE use, error mitigation and acceptability of mindfulness incorporation into PPE practice.