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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 6-11

Knowledge, perceptions, and barriers to personal protective equipment usage with suggested remedial measures among health-care workers during COVID-19 pandemic

1 Department of Community Medicine, AFMC, Pune, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Clinical Tutor, AFMC, Pune, Maharashtra, India
3 DADH Amritsar, Punjab, India

Correspondence Address:
Suraj Kapoor
Department of Community Medicine, AFMC, Pune, Maharashtra.
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/dypj.DYPJ_27_21

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Introduction: Personal protective equipment (PPE) is the most powerful method to protect health-care professionals from contact with infectious agent. This study was conducted with an aim to assess knowledge, perceptions, and barriers to PPE usage among health-care workers (HCWs) with assessment of suggested remedial measures against COVID-19. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted among health-care professionals involved in COVID care across the country. Results: A total of 167 study participants were included in the study with a mean age of 31 years with standard deviation of 4.4. A total of 123 (74%) of the participants had a knowledge score of 5 or more out of 11 (above average), while 44 (26%) had score <5 suggesting poor knowledge. On inquiring about various barriers/challenges faced while using PPEs, visual problem due to fogging of goggles was found to be most common among 158 (94%) of the study participants. On assessing various remedial measures suggested by study participants to improve vision due to fogging, 54% of participants suggested application of thin layer of clear shower gel or any high-viscosity clear liquid on inner side of protective goggles before donning, while about 20% of study participants suggested application of micropore/elastoplast over the nose bridge to seal the mask properly. To overcome communication/hearing problem, about 32% of the study participants suggested use of microphone along with a portable speaker to amplify the voice. Conclusion: To promote good infection prevention and control strategies, it is necessary to impart training in the field of appropriate use of PPEs. This study may serve as a guide to health administrators as well as other HCWs in adopting ways and means to ameliorate the problems encountered in the use of PPE kits.

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