Less Than Half of Surveyed Nurses Adhere to Recommended Use of Facial Protective Equipment

A survey of more than 1,000 nurses showed less than half adhere to recommended use of facial protective equipment, which can reduce the risk of occupational transmission of infections, according to research published in the American Journal of Infection Control.

The study included two phases, one which required a survey of nurses in six Canadian acute-care hospitals and one which required direct observation of critical care nurses.


Survey responses from 1,074 nurses showed a 44 percent adherence rate to recommended use of facial protective equipment. A more in-depth analysis showed six factors may be associated with adherence, including unit type, frequency of equipment use, equipment availability, training, organizational support and communication.

Direct observation of the nurses was in line with this previous finding. One hundred observations revealed a 44 percent competence rate in regard to proper use of N95 respirators.

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