What Not to Do With PPE: A Digital Application to Raise Awareness of PPE Protocol
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Cross-contamination of the phone with PPE gloves on (with visible contamination)
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Spot test for violation in PPE protocol
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Self-contamination of the mask (with visible contamination)
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Spot test for violation in mask protocol
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In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, 74% of healthcare professionals reported no formal training on infection control practises. Coupled with the unpredictable environment of the ambulance setting, it is natural and human for paramedics to subconsciously make mistakes when it comes to personal protective equipment (PPE) protocol. Although breaches in PPE protocol are common, such as touching the front of a face mask, it can be detrimental to the spread of infection.
The aim of What Not to Do With PPE was to design a potential education tool that could bring emerging technologies such as 3D, interactive content to the fore front of medical education and training. The development of this app hopes to have a real benefit for those using PPE on the front-line in ultimately raising awareness of how easily cross-contamination occurs, and the importance of it in not only stemming the spread of COVID-19, but infection control behaviour in general.