Lucy Hughson 1, Annie Wells 1, Fiona Wilson 1
1 Public Health Services, DHHS, Tasmania, Hobart, TAS, Australia
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is used to protect healthcare workers (HCWs) and patients from healthcare associated infections. Protection afforded by PPE relies on the application and removal techniques.
Outbreaks of infectious diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, H1N1 influenza and Ebola Virus Disease have highlighted how poor PPE removal technique exposes HCWs to infectious agents.
To address this risk a portion of the Tasmanian state PPE stockpile funding was allocated to develop resources to demonstrate the correct use of PPE.
Tasmanian Infection Prevention and Control (TIPCU) teamed with a local production company to produce demonstration videos for the correct technique for putting on and removing items of PPE. TIPCU minimised costs by writing the scripts and supplying the actor, voice over, filming venue and props.
TIPCU produced four videos that can be used in all types of healthcare settings. The series was launched in November 2015 on YouTube with each video being viewed in excess of 1000 times and one exceeding 2000 views. The four videos are freely available for viewing at: http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/publichealth/tasmanian_infection_prevention_and_control_unit/healthcare_worker_education
Our videos are distinct from other PPE videos as they demonstrate the individual items of PPE required for standard and transmission-based precautions and incorporate the timing of hand hygiene to ensure HCWs are not exposed to infectious agents.