Barriers to the use of face protection for standard precautions by health care providers

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      • Health care providers were surveyed about face protection for standard precautions.
      • Fewer than 25% reported consistent use of face protection during open suctioning.
      • Main barriers to use are product accessibility and a perception it is unnecessary.
      • More detailed education for providers about standard precautions is warranted.
      Health care providers sometimes choose not to use face protection even when indicated as part of standard precautions. We performed a survey of pediatric health care providers to determine barriers to the routine use of face protection. Lack of availability at the point of care and a perceived lack of need were the most commonly cited issues. Continuing education is needed regarding situations in which face protection is indicated for standard precautions.

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