The ways infectious diseases are spread are complex and some infection control experts are questioning the current paradigm that dictates the selection of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Experts are now looking closely at the mode(s) of disease transmission and are reviewing which combinations or specific pieces of PPE are suitable and critical to prevent occupational transmission. Powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs) provide the highest level of respiratory protection. The vexing question of when and for which specific diseases healthcare workers (HCWs) should routinely use PAPRs requires urgent consideration and clarification.
Read the full article by Cathryn Murphy at Hospital Health.