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Hospital Respiratory Protection: Resources and Projects

November 10, 2016

New Project!

Protecting workers from exposure to all types of respiratory hazards is an important issue for hospitals and other healthcare organizations, but often doesn’t get the attention it deserves.  To raise awareness and assist hospitals in the development and implementation of respiratory protection programs, The Joint Commission, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL), has developed and promoted educational resources related to respiratory protection.

However, there remains many unanswered questions related to specific clinical situations, which can hinder optimal use of respiratory protection.   To better understand these issues, The Joint Commission’s Department of Health Services Research is engaging in a new respiratory protection project entitled Hospital Respiratory Protection Programs:  Usefulness of Resources and Informational Gaps.  This is a twelve-month project, supported through a contract with CDC/NIOSH/NPPTL, with the goals to (1) assess the perceived usefulness of existing resources related to respiratory protection, and (2) to identify situations whereby clarification with clinical application of respiratory protection might be needed.  Please view the project overview.

The project team will be gathering examples of challenging clinical situations related to use of respiratory protection.  If you have a specific clinical situation or issue regarding respiratory protection, we’d like to hear about it.  Please contact project manager Maria C. Montero MT(ASCP)SM, MPH, CIC at mmontero@jointcommission.org for more information.


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Implementing Hospital Respiratory Protection Programs:  Strategies from the Field          

Respitory Protection Programs MonographProtecting workers from exposure to all types of respiratory hazards is an important issue for hospitals and other healthcare organizations.  In order to address this often overlooked danger, The Joint Commission and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) have collaborated to develop a new educational monograph designed to assist hospitals in implementing their respiratory protection programs (RPPs).

The monograph, Implementing Hospital Respiratory Protection Programs:  Strategies from the Field, features examples, strategies, new resources, and a variety of implementation approaches which were solicited from the field and vetted through an eight-member Technical Expert Panel (TEP).  The monograph is part of a cluster of research activities spearheaded by NIOSH/NPPTL around respiratory protection programs and is intended to be a companion document to other CDC/NIOSH/NPPTL respiratory protection publications and resources.

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