During every disease outbreak the importance of effective personal
protective equipment (PPE) is emphasized. When designed and used properly, PPE
can protect healthcare workers from potentially deadly infectious diseases and
viruses, such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, Ebola, and HIV.
In addition to proper use of PPE, especially while putting it on and taking it
off, PPE must fit together seamlessly to protect the wearer. The problem is
that the many parts of an ensemble-face and shoe coverings, gown, and gloves-are
typically manufactured separately, often by different companies. A particularly
vulnerable area is where the glove and gown meet: the glove-gown interface.
This interface is considered one of the weakest areas because gaps can occur,
allowing infectious fluids to seep through to the skin. Despite this concern,
the glove-gown interface has received little research attention, so minimal
guidance is available on how to prevent gaps. Furthermore, no standardized test
currently exists to evaluate leakages in new products.
Recently, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
investigators developed a chamber to simulate exposures in healthcare
activities and test for leakages, according to research published in the
Journal of the American College of SurgeonsExternal.
AplusA-online.de - Source: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)