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Impact of full personal protective equipment on alertness of healthcare workers: a prospective study.

Wells HJ, Raithatha M, Elhag S, et al. Impact of full personal protective equipment on alertness of healthcare workers: a prospective study. BMJ Open Qual. 2022;11(1):e001551. doi: 10.1136/bmjoq-2021-001551.

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February 2, 2022
Wells HJ, Raithatha M, Elhag S, et al. BMJ Open Qual. 2022;11(1):e001551.

Use of personal protective equipment is necessary to reduce the spread of infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, in healthcare settings. The alertness levels of ICU staff who regularly wore full personal protective equipment (FPPE), i.e., respirator mask, body covering suit, visor, gloves, and hat, were tested when not wearing FPPE and after two hours wearing FPPE. Results show health care worker alertness can be negatively impacted by wearing FPPE for as little as two hours.