Personal protective equipment use among dental healthcare personnel during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and the impact of an educational video in clinical practice

Lucy C. Vogt, Kimberly A. Reske, Daniel Park, Tracey Habrock Bach, Henry B. Stewart, Olivia G. Arter, Daniel Stoeckel, Heidi M. Steinkamp, Stephen Y. Liang, Michael J. Durkin, Jennie H. Kwon

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Abstract

Objective: Dental healthcare personnel (DHCP) are at high risk of exposure to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). We sought to identify how DHCP changed their use of personal protective equipment (PPE) as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to pilot an educational video designed to improve knowledge of proper PPE use. Design: The study comprised 2 sets of semistructured qualitative interviews. Setting: The study was conducted in 8 dental clinics in a Midwestern metropolitan area. Participants: In total, 70 DHCP participated in the first set of interviews; 63 DHCP participated in the second set of interviews. Methods: In September-November 2020 and March-October 2021, we conducted 2 sets of semistructured interviews: (1) PPE use in the dental community during COVID-19, and (2) feedback on the utility of an educational donning and doffing video. Results: Overall, 86% of DHCP reported having prior training. DHCP increased the use of PPE during COVID-19, specifically N95 respirators and face shields. DHCP reported real-world challenges to applying infection control methods, often resulting in PPE modification and reuse. DHCP reported double masking and sterilization methods to extend N95 respirator use. Additional challenges to PPE included shortages, comfort or discomfort, and compatibility with specialty dental equipment. DHCP found the educational video helpful and relevant to clinical practice. Fewer than half of DHCP reported exposure to a similar video. Conclusions: DHCP experienced significant challenges related to PPE access and routine use in dental clinics during the COVID-19 pandemic. An educational video improved awareness and uptake of appropriate PPE use among DHCP.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Volume32
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 16 2023

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