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Volume 13, Number 10—October 2007

Research

Personal Protective Equipment and Antiviral Drug Use during Hospitalization for Suspected Avian or Pandemic Influenza1

Ashwin Swaminathan*, Rhea Martin*, Sandi Gamon*, Craig Aboltins†, Eugene Athan‡, George Braitberg*, Michael G. Catton§, Louise Cooley¶, Dominic E. Dwyer#, Deidre Edmonds*, Damon P. Eisen**, Kelly Hosking*, Andrew J. Hughes‡, Paul D. Johnson*††, Andrew V Maclean‡‡, Mary O’Reilly‡‡, S. Erica Peters§§, Rhonda L. Stuart¶¶, Rodney Moran##, and M. Lindsay Grayson*††***Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *Austin Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; †St. Vincent’s Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; ‡Barwon Health, Geelong, Victoria, Australia; §Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; ¶Royal Hobart Hospital, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia; #Westmead Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; **Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; ††University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; ‡‡Box Hill Hospital–Eastern Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; §§Western Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; ¶¶Monash Medical Centre–Southern Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; ##Department of Human Services, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; ***Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia;

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Table 4

Actual and total opportunities for PPE item use by HCWs during the study period*

PPE item type Actual PPE use (total opportunities for PPE item use) by hospital†
Compliance,¶ %
A B C D E F G H‡ I‡ Mean§
N95 masks 20 (22) 11 (16) 18 (18) 20 (22) 16 (17) 23 (23) 18 (18) 6 
(8) 8 
(11) 18 
(19.4) 93
Gowns 18 (29) 11 (18) 17 (21) 19 (24) 15 (17) 20 (25) 20 (21) 6 
(11) 9 
(12) 17.1 
(22.1) 77
Gloves 27 (35) 12 (20) 18 (21) 21 (27) 19 (21) 23 (25) 26 (27) 8 
(11) 10 (13) 20.9 
(25.1) 83
Eye protection 4 
(20) 4 
(13) 14 (16) 18 (21) 14 (16) 21 (22) 17 (17) 3 
(7) 4 
(7) 13.1 
(17.9) 73
Shoe protection# 4 2 9 1 2.1
Hats# 1 13 14 5 4

*PPE, personal protective equipment; HCWs, healthcare workers
†See Table 1 for definitions.
‡Incomplete data as hospitals H and I terminated simulation after 2.5 h.
§Excludes data from hospitals H and I.
¶Actual/total opportunities for PPE item use.
#Use of shoe protection and hats not proscribed by the World Health Organization for routine use; data recorded only if these items were used.

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1This research was presented in part at the 47th Annual Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Chicago, Illinois, USA, September 17-20, 2007.

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