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Respiratory Protection in Hospitals: Resources and Practices

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A potential research study opportunity from The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) will be released shortly.  Please refer to the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website to view the presolicitation.

NIOSH/NPPTL intends to post a solicitation for services pertaining to a research study titled, “Assessment of Elastomeric Respirators in Healthcare Delivery Settings.” It is anticipated that an official solicitation for this effort will be posted at the end of April. Please consult the FBO website for updates. According to the posting, any questions can be directed to the Contract Specialist, Kate Oyler, at koyler@cdc.gov

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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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), 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 engaged in a new respiratory protection project entitled Hospital Respiratory Protection Programs:  Usefulness of Resources and Informational Gaps.  This was 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 gathered examples of challenging clinical situations related to the use of respiratory protection. Please contact Hasina Hafiz, MPH at hhafiz@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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