Objective:Protecting healthcare workers is an essential component of a successful response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The resource intensive nature of infectious disease protection, budgetary constraints, and global shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) make this a daunting task. Practical, easily implemented strategies for healthcare workers (HCW) protection are needed.Methods:We cross-reference the "Systems, Space, Staff, and Stuff"paradigm from disaster management and the "Hierarchy of Controls"approach to infection prevention from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to generate a narrative overview of worker protection strategies relevant to COVID-19.Results:Alternative types of PPE, management of hazards, and reorganizing how people work can optimize HCWs protection.Conclusions:A comprehensive PPE strategy can utilize the "systems, space, staff, stuff"paradigm of disaster management to identify new or underutilized solutions to HCWs protection.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Journal of occupational and environmental medicine|
|State||Published - Nov 1 2020|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health