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Examining health care personal protective equipment use through a human factors engineering and product design lens

  • Hamed Salehi
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    Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
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  • Priyadarshini R. Pennathur
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    Address correspondence to Priyadarshini R. Pennathur, PhD, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences, University of Iowa, 103 S Capitol St, Iowa City, IA 52246.
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    Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

    Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa School of Medicine, Iowa City, IA
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  • Jaqueline Pereira Da Silva
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    Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
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  • Loreen A. Herwaldt
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    Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa School of Medicine, Iowa City, IA

    College of Public Health, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
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Published:December 04, 2018DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2018.10.008
      Health care–associated infections continue to cause significant morbidity and mortality and increase costs. Although investigators have devoted considerable attention to examining the clinical, microbiological,and epidemiologic determinants of infection, recent epidemics of highly transmissible pathogens, such as Ebola virus, have increased interest in assessing the design and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent the spread of infectious agents. This work has highlighted important limitations in PPE design, which can render PPE ineffective in actual practice settings.

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