Mask Use Among Health Care Workers and Feelings of Safety at Work Pre- and Post- COVID-19 Vaccine

Source avec lien : American Journal of Infection Control, (Prépublication). 10.1016/j.ajic.2021.11.009

L’objectif de cette étude est de déterminer le taux d’utilisation correcte des masques chez les travailleurs de la santé avant et après le COV.

The COVID-19 pandemic created an unprecedented challenge for health care. Correct mask use, defined as covering the nose and mouth, has been shown to help prevent the spread of COVID-191 and the CDC continues to recommend mask use in health care facilities. Despite continued education and signage about masking requirements, there is variation in mask use among health care workers (HCW). Incorrect mask use, even if rare, may lead to increased infections and decreased feelings of safety at work. All incoming staff and visitors at our 304-bed community teaching hospital in Michigan, USA, are given a mask but the rate of correct mask use is not known. Impact of incorrect mask use on HCW feelings of safety is also unknown. The goal of this study is to determine the rate of correct mask use among HCW before and after COVID-19 vaccine roll out at our institution. A secondary aim is to determine how safe HCW felt from exposure to COVID-19 when around their colleagues before and after vaccine roll out and the factors that influenced their perceived safety.

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