New face shield improves PPE adherence
Donning and doffing personal protective equipment can be cumbersome, and carries with it the risk of potential exposure. During the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, clinicians are expected to have a face shield on at all times. They are expected to change the face shield between each patient visit or in case of a shortage, decontaminate the shield between visits.
The present face shields are attached to the clinician’s head by an elastic band. Taking the shield off between each visit is cumbersome as it could get caught in hair or clothing and thus increase the risk of infection. To avoid this, clinicians at the University of Nebraska Medical Center have developed a two-part face shield that can be easily removed between each patient visit. In times of shortage, it can be easily decontaminated according to hospital protocols. This lowers risk because the elastic band stays on throughout the day, so there is minimal need to touch the head.
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