Dr. Kate Hughes Coauthors Study on Simulation Technique to Increase Hospital Workplace Safety

May 7, 2020

Study shows ultraviolet light exposes contagion spread from improper PPE use.

A low-cost simulation technique can efficiently increase hospital workplace safety during COVID-19 pandemic.

In a new study, researchers vividly demonstrate how aerosol-generating procedures can lead to exposure of the contagion with improper PPE use. The most common error made by the health care workers was contaminating the face or forearms during PPE removal.

Kate E. Hughes, DO, assistant professor of emergency medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine -Tucson, and Rami A. Ahmed, DO, emergency medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, coauthored the study published in the journal Medical Education. Lead author is Patrick G. Hughes, DO, director of Florida Atlantic University's Schmidt College of Medicine emergency medicine simulation program and an assistant professor of Integrated Medical Science, FAU's Schmidt College of Medicine.

The researchers conducted a novel training technique to reinforce the importance of using proper procedures to put on and take off PPE when caring for patients during the pandemic. Researchers were able to vividly demonstrate how aerosol-generating procedures can lead to exposure of the contagion with improper use of PPE.

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