Personal Protective Equipment

Occupational Health: Strategies for Reducing Injury and Illness

October 5, 2015

U.S. hospitals recorded nearly 58,000 work-related injuries and illnesses in 2013, amounting to 6.4 work-related injuries and illnesses for every 100 full-time employees -- almost twice as high as the overall rate for private industry. In June, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it was targeting some of the most common causes of workplace injury and illness in the healthcare industry, and is expanding its use of enforcement resources in hospitals and nursing homes to focus on patient or resident handling; bloodborne pathogens; workplace violence; tuberculosis, and slips, trips and falls.

Johns Hopkins and DuPont Join Forces to Produce an Improved Ebola Protection Suit

October 5, 2015

Johns Hopkins University and DuPont have signed license and collaboration agreements allowing DuPont to commercialize a garment with innovative features from Johns Hopkins to help protect people on the front lines of the Ebola crisis and future deadly infectious disease outbreaks. DuPont intends to have the first of these garments available in the marketplace during the first half of 2016.

CDC Clarifies Ebola PPE Guidance for U.S. Healthcare Personnel

August 27, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has clarified its guidance regarding personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare personnel caring for suspected and confirmed Ebola patients in U.S. healthcare facilities.

Healthcare Workers are Not Removing PPE Correctly, Study Says

July 16, 2015

Fewer than 1 in 6 healthcare workers (HCW) followed all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for the removal of personal protective equipment (PPE) after patient care, according to a brief report published in t

FDA Proposes New Criteria for Surgical Gowns

July 10, 2015

What’s in a name? A bit of confusion, it seems, when it comes to the various types of gowns used in medical settings, according to the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI).