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

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Hosp Pract (1995). 2020 Aug 11:1-2. doi: 10.1080/21548331.2020.1802172. Online ahead of print.


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).

PMID:32713215 | DOI:10.1080/21548331.2020.1802172

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