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Observed variation in N95 respirator use by nurses demonstrating isolation care

Published:January 09, 2018DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2017.11.019

      Highlights

      • Evaluated N95 respirator behaviors in nurses providing simulated isolation care.
      • Video recordings were reviewed and scored.
      • Detailed scoring will guide improved training for N95 respirator use.
      Video review and scoring was used to evaluate the behaviors of nurses wearing N95 filtering face piece respirators while providing isolation care in a simulated patient care environment. This study yielded a detailed description of behaviors related to N95 respirator use in a health care setting. Developing a more robust and systematic behavior analysis tool for use in demonstration, simulation, and clinical care would allow for improved respiratory protection of health care workers.

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