The importance of consistent advice during a pandemic: An analysis of Australian advice regarding personal protective equipment in healthcare settings during COVID-19

Jane Desborough, Sally Hall Dykgraaf, David Rankin, Michael Kidd

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    Abstract

    BACKGROUND: Lessons from previous pandemics emphasise the importance of consistent information and advice for healthcare workers (HCWs), particularly in relation to their use of personal protective equipment (PPE). OBJECTIVE: The aim of this article is to review the consistency of advice regarding HCW use of PPE among Australian states and territories and 10 key Australian professional and advocacy organisations, against the Australian Government's national guidelines. DISCUSSION: While some recommendations expand on the national guidelines, the Australian Government's efforts to work in concert with states, territories and peak professional and advocacy organisations are evident in the broadly consistent recommendations for the use of PPE by HCWs and other people working in healthcare settings across the country. The overall consistency of recommendations for the use of PPE shows a nationwide attempt to support and protect the healthcare workforce and the Australian community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)369-372
    Number of pages4
    JournalAustralian Journal of General Practice
    Volume49
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020

    Keywords

    • Consistent advice
    • pandemic
    • coronavirus
    • COVID-19
    • Australian advice
    • personal protective equipment
    • healthcare settings
    • government guidelines

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