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Tuesday 9:38 CST, July 25, 2017

Respiratory Protection in Hospitals: Resources and Practices

Goal #1 - Usefulness of Resources


In spring 2015, the following documents were released:

  • The OSHA toolkit “Hospital Respiratory Protection Program Toolkit: Resources for Respirator Program Administrators”
  • The Joint Commission’s educational monograph “Implementing Hospital Respiratory Protection Programs: Strategies from the Field”

These resources were designed to work together to assist hospitals in the development and implementation of their respiratory protection programs.  Please tell us whether you have used these resources and how they could be improved.

 

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The Joint Commission Department of Health Services Research is conducting a project related to respiratory protection which is supported through a contract with the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL).

The project has two primary goals:
  1. to assess the usefulness of two resources released in 2015 related to respiratory protection, and
     
  2. to identify clinical situations whereby clarification regarding clinical use of respiratory protection might be needed.

Please take a moment to answer brief questions related to one or both of the goals.  Scroll down for additional information about the project. Please note this request for information is part of a research project and is not related to Joint Commission accreditation or certification.  All responses will be kept confidential and will be used only for research purposes.

 

 
 
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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.


Resources related to Respiratory Protection Programs

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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Goal #2 - Clinical Challenges with Respiratory Protection


Health care personnel are sometimes faced with challenges or questions regarding when to use respiratory protection in the clinical setting. Examples include “During an exploratory bronchoscopy, when should respiratory protection be used?”  and “Should staff exposed to surgical smoke in the OR wear respirators if they have not been fit tested?” Please tell us about questions or challenges you have encountered regarding when to use respirators in clinical care.

Your responses will be used to identify areas in which additional guidance or research might be needed from key stakeholders (e.g., HICPAC, CDC, OSHA).