COVID-19, PPE, and Safety: Evidence, decision making, and action

Last modified by Paula Robeson on 2020/05/22 21:52

The safe use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is essential to prevent the spread of viruses and other disease causing micro-organisms. Shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) are common during pandemics and COVID-19 has been no exception. A potential solution to this shortage and the risk it poses for healthcare organizations and providers serving children, youth, and their families involves the decontamination and reuse of masks and other equipment in ways that do not compromise safety. As well, healthcare provider safety is also at risk during the donning and doffing of PPE.

Webinar participants will learn of 

  • the results of a systematic review examining the effectiveness and safety of using disinfectants to decontaminate masks 
  • a framework to guide healthcare organizations in decision making regarding options for decontamination and reuse of PPE that considers effectiveness/safety, integrity of the process, and practicality 
  • a hospital-wide coaching initiative to ensure the safe donning and doffing of PPE

O'Hearn, Katie_2019.jpg Katie O'Hearn, MScHK, is an Investigator with the CHEO Research Institute and a research coordinator for the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at CHEO. She holds an MSc in Kinesiology from the University of Ottawa.Katie has several years of experience in systematic review methodology, and is a co-investigator for a research program looking crowd-sourcing in systematic reviews. She recently used this expertise to lead or contribute to four systematic reviews on personal protective equipment decontamination. Three of these reviews focused on decontamination of N95 masks, using UV light, heat/microwave or chemical disinfectants approaches. The fourth review focused on surgical mask decontamination.

bev 2.jpg Bev Barbato, RN, BSc, MEd is the Clinical Manager, Perioperative Services Hamilton Health Sciences. Through this role, she manages a number of clinical services across HHS, including the Operating Rooms, Procedure Rooms and Medical Device Reprocessing Department at the McMaster site. Bev earned a diploma in Nursing in 1992 from Lambton College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) at the University of Victoria in 2008 and Masters of Education at Brock University in 2013.  As well, Bev has been an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University since 2014. 

Jill Woodward 1.jpg Jill Woodword, RN, BScN (Hons), MA, is a Registered Nurse specializing in paediatric nursing after qualifying as a RN (Child) in the UK and has worked in paediatrics for over 25 years. Jilll moved to Calgary with her family in 2001 and has worked at Alberta Children’s Hospital since then in many different roles, from bedside RN/Charge Nurse, through management positions, including managing inpatient areas, specialty clinics and PICU. She is now Executive Director, Inpatient Care, with operational responsibility for Inpatient Units, Emergency Department, PICU, NICU, and Surgical Services. Jill is also the lead Executive Director for Paediatrics in the Calgary Zone, Alberta Health Services. She is one of the Site Leads for Safest Together, Alberta’s version of Solutions for Patient Safety. Jill has a passion for promoting, facilitating, and supporting the safest environment for patients, families, and staff.

Created by Paula Robeson on 2020/05/05 17:49