Mohammad Shehab1*, Sameera Shuaibi2, Iman Qadhi3 and Ahmad Alfadhli4
1COVID19 Crisis Team Coordinator, Consultant Physician, Department of Internal Medicine, Mubarak Al-Kabeer University Hospital, Kuwait
2Medical Resident, Department of Internal Medicine, Mubarak Al-kabeer University Hospital, Kuwait
3Surgical Resident, Department of General Surgery, Mubarak Al-kabeer University Hospital, Kuwait
4Head of COVID19 Crisis Team, Consultant Physician, Department of Internal Medicine , Mubarak Al-kabeer University Hospital, Kuwait
*Corresponding Author: Mohammad Shehab, COVID19 Crisis Team Coordinator, Consultant Physician, Department of Internal Medicine, Mubarak Al-Kabeer University Hospital, Kuwait.
Received: November 11, 2020; Published: December 10, 2020
Introduction: There are several methods described in the literature to increase compliance with personal protective equipment (PPE) use and reduce health care workers (HCW) related infections. One of those methods is the institution of PPE inspectors’ team. The purpose of this study to evaluate whether the implementation of such a team will ensure proper adherence to PPE protocols and reduce COVID-19 infection among HCWs.
Methods: A team of PPE inspectors was introduced in a tertiary care university hospital, where they randomly evaluated and reinforced PPE use in accordance with the guidelines set by the local health authority. The study period was from the 10th of May 2020 until the 31st of August 2020. The evaluations were divided into three categories; appropriate, missing, or unnecessary use of PPE and were compared to trends in healthcare workers’ COVID-19 infection rates.
Results: A total of 720 HCWs were evaluated from the 10th of May 2020 until the 31st of August 2020. The appropriate use of PPE increased from 56% to 89% during the study period. Meanwhile, the incidence of positive COVID-19 among HCWs, which has peaked to 31 cases per day on the 18th of May 2020, has been declining to below 5 cases per day towards the end of the study period.
Conclusion: PPE inspectors’ team served a positive role in increasing compliance with PPE use and was associated with reduction in the spread of COVID-19 infection among HCWs.
Keywords: COVID-19; HCW; Hospital; PPE; SARCOVQA: Quality Assurance
Citation: Mohammad Shehab., et al. “Effectiveness of Inspectors’ Team in Increasing Compliance with Personal Protective Equipment Use and Reducing COVID19 Infection Spread Among Healthcare Workers; A Prospective Study”. Acta Scientific Medical Sciences 5.1 (2021): 23-32.
Copyright: © 2021 Mohammad Shehab., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.