• Self-reported impact of respirator use on health care worker ability to perform patient care

      Hines, Stella E.; Oliver, Marc S.; Gucer, Patricia; McDiarmid, Melissa A. (Elsevier BV, 2020-06)
      In a study of 1,152 health care workers surveyed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, most disagreed that respiratory protective equipment use interferes with patient care but reported that it would affect respirator use compliance if it did. A patient's fear reaction variably influenced self-reported health care worker compliance with respirator use. Strategies to improve protective equipment design may remove potential barriers to respirator use and allow better health care worker-patient relationships.