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Demonstration and Sentinel Surveillance System of PPE Usage in US Healthcare Workers – FY12

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  • 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
  • CDC Influenza Coordinating Unit
  • American Hospital Association
  • Association of State and Territorial Health Officers


  • 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-2Q Continue pilot testing & data collection
  • 3Q-4Q Real-Time Monitoring to assess system viability, adaptability and acceptability
  • Use data to establish “Best Practices”
  • Recruit additional Medical Centers


  • 2 Posters presented at CSTE 2011 and 1 planned for 2012
  • Poster at PPT Stakeholders meeting annually 2011 and 2012
  • Published Demo and Sentinel Report (2nd draft completed)
  • Describe/Document the evaluation and monitoring of PPE
  • Published the Demo/Sentinel Needs Assessment Report (draft)


  • Feed results into Electronic Health Records (EHR)
  • Feed results into CDC Stockpile Assessment
  • 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
Page last updated: April 17, 2012
Page last reviewed: April 17, 2012
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
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