Around 27 healthcare workers in Chandigarh, Panchkula, and Mohali hospitals have tested positive, many of whom have acquired it while tending toward the COVID-19 patients. It takes 30 minutes each to put on and remove the PPE worn by healthcare workers who care for patients with COVID 19. The removal of the PPE is more critical than placing it on because it is a high-risk operation which must be completed in ample time because a single error of the process would bring the health care worker directly into contact with the virus. Common mistakes while removing PPE can easily infect healthcare workers to the virus.
With the increase in COVID-19 cases among healthcare staff, the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) has decided to study the common mistakes while removing PPE by healthcare workers. Sukhpal Kaur, a faculty member of PGIMER’s National Institute of Nursing Education (NINE) and the project’s principal investigator, said they are researching the errors healthcare professionals commonly make even after the live instructions are passed on to them.
The research is underway, but there are some errors they may create, such as the order in which the PPEs should be discarded and hand washing and scrubbing should cover all these aspects that will help to minimize the spread of the virus