Impacts on staff after implementation of a respiratory protection program in a Victorian public hospital.
D Williams, B Kave, F Begg, C Marshall, R Segal, I Ng
Infect Dis Health | Published : 2021
BACKGROUND: In October 2020, the Royal Melbourne Hospital implemented a Respiratory Protection Program (RPP), which was initiated by the Victorian Government. This study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the program. METHODS: A cohort of 158 employees, who were identified as high risk to respiratory biohazard exposure, were invited to participate in the RPP. We provided a bundle of interventions, which included an online training package, and mandatory quantitative fit testing. The main outcomes included the participants' knowledge and attitude toward respiratory protection equipment (RPE), which were assessed via an online survey. Their donning and doffing skills, and user seal check tec..View full abstract