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Pan Flu - HCW: Surveillance / Demonstration and Sentinel Surveillance System of PPE/PPT Usage in US Healthcare Workers - FY10

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Current Information can be found at: Pan Flu - HCW: Surveillance / Demonstration and Sentinel Surveillance System of PPE/PPT Usage in US Healthcare Workers - FY11


  • Utilize the Vanderbilt Occupational Health Information System (VOHIS) to gather data related to PPE: selection, usage, supply, ordering, defects, fitting, safety programs and implementation that protect HCW.
  • Determine what specific activities and resources are utilized by the hospital systems in these hazard prevention programs (HPP).
  • Evaluate the quality and effectiveness of PPE in HPP.
  • Use system to demonstrate and report best practices of PPE in HPP.

Healthcare worker wearing (P P E) attending a patient

Applicable Standards

  • OSHA 29 CFR 1910.134
  • NIOSH 42 CFR 84

Key Partners

  • Vanderbilt University Hospital Systems
  • CDPH


  • Healthcare workers
  • First Receivers
  • Manufacturers
  • Hospitals Infection Control and Safety Officers
  • AIHA
  • OSHA
  • ISEA
  • ASTM

Project Scope

  • Identify, describe, and evaluate PPE compliance surveillance systems currently in use in a medical center setting to track activities, resources and outcomes related to PPE used for airborne respiratory events. Develop a PPE usage surveillance system for the US healthcare workers.


  • 1Q - Document and Describe Existing System at VUMC
  • 2Q - Describe the process needed to monitor the operations
  • 3Q - Identify data collection points to be used in the system
  • 4Q - Pilot Expanded VOHIS System


  • Publish results, reports and recommendations to inform.
  • Describe / Document the evaluation and monitoring of PPE: selection, usage, non-usage, defects, fitting, etc.


  • Will translate results into the development of timely PPE interventional response in Pandemic Influenza and other disasters.
  • Will differentiate between "equipment failure" and "utilization failure".
  • The results will be used to develop policies, SOPs, and correct actions for first receiver agencies (healthcare settings) nationwide.
  • Serve as a model to ensure that hospitals are better prepared for Pandemic Influenza and/or other disasters (natural and man-made).
  • The system will inform and educate the preparedness and performance even in circumstances of community use of PPE.
Page last updated: April 5, 2010
Page last reviewed: April 5, 2010
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
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