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.
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.