Covid-19 Infection Prevention Essentials

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Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the proper application (donning) and removal (doffing) of Personal Protective Equipment PPE and commonly observed mistakes
  • Identify potential safe responses to PPE shortages
  • Summarize the indications for respirator use, including selection, allocation, proper use, extended use, and reuse
  • Use proper hand hygiene techniques
  • Topics specifically related to COVID-19 include:
    Clarifying Interim Guidances from CDC, FDA, OSHA, CMS, and relevant regulatory bodies
  • COVID-19 signs and symptoms
  • Population susceptibilityAsymptomatic transmission

Course Description

In contrast to many other training resources that have recently surfaced, this course focuses on known areas of misunderstanding regarding use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), while also directly addressing the consequences of PPE shortages.

Built with leading infection control and safety experts from ECRI and academic institutions, this course is meant to arm caregivers for the ongoing battle. It addresses measures that caregivers sometimes forget. For example, a 2018 study on infectious agent transmission in hospitals found 238 failures in 325 observations related to PPE.

Importantly, the course acknowledges that PPE supplies are dwindling and highlights effective equipment workarounds that are being broadly disseminated. Guidelines for PPE use will be frequently reviewed and adjusted, with course refreshers delivered to all caregivers.

Did you know…

  • The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has spread throughout the world.
  • COVID-19 is primarily spread from person to person.
  • COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild (or no symptoms) to severe illness.
  • You can become infected by coming into close contact (about 6 feet or two arm lengths) with a person who has COVID-19.

Course at a Glance

Target Audience: Clinicians

Time to Complete: 25 Minutes

Contributor: ECRI



Author Information

Course development guided by the expertise of:

Brigitta Mueller, MD, MHCM, CPE, FAAP
Executive Director for Patient Safety, Risk & Quality at ECRI