Journal article

Staff to staff transmission as a driver of healthcare worker infections with COVID-19.

Claire L Gordon, Jason A Trubiano, Natasha E Holmes, Kyra YL Chua, Jeff Feldman, Greg Young, Norelle L Sherry, M Lindsay Grayson, Jason C Kwong

Infect Dis Health | Elsevier BV | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: High rates of healthcare worker (HCW) infections due to COVID-19 have been attributed to several factors, including inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE), exposure to a high density of patients with COVID-19, and poor building ventilation. We investigated an increase in the number of staff COVID-19 infections at our hospital to determine the factors contributing to infection and to implement the interventions required to prevent subsequent infections. METHODS: We conducted a single-centre retrospective cohort study of staff working at a tertiary referral hospital who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 between 25 January 2020 and 25 November 2020. The primary outcome was the ..

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