Personal protective equipment training & lived experience for healthcare staff during COVID-19

J.Cahill, A.Kay, V.Howard, B.Mulcahy, M.Forde, S.George, E.Ziampra, F.Duffy, G.Lacey, F.Fitzpatrick

Highlights

  • 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.

 

Objectives

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.

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