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Human factors considerations in using personal protective equipment in the COVID-19 pandemic context: a bi-national survey study.

2020 Jun 17;22(6):e19947.

July 1, 2020
Parush A, Wacht O, Gomes R, et al. J Med Internet Res. 2020;22(6):e19947.

This study surveyed healthcare professionals in Israel and Portugal to identify key human factors that influence the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) when caring for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. Respondents attributed difficulties in wearing PPE to discomfort, challenges in hearing and seeing, and doffing. Analyses also found an association between PPE discomfort and situational awareness, but this association reflected difficulties in communication (e.g., hearing and understanding speech).