Physician Practice

The PPE compliance conundrum

Medical Environment Update, November 10, 2019

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Editor’s Note: In this guest column, Dan Scungio, MT(ASCP), SLS, laboratory safety officer for Sentara Healthcare, a multihospital system in Virginia, and otherwise known as “Dan, the Lab Safety Man,” discusses the important issues that affect your job every day.

In a recent laboratory poll about personal protective equipment (PPE), 85% of respondents said their biggest issues had nothing to do with selecting PPE, purchasing it, or training staff. Instead, the biggest issue they deal with on a day-to-day basis is compliance—getting people to protect themselves when there is a potential for exposure to bloodborne pathogens or chemicals.

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