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  • October 15, 2021 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Title: Facial Protective Equipment use by home care providers during the pandemic

Facial protective equipment (FPE) is a critical barrier to COVID-19 transmission, but adherence to FPE recommendations has historically been low, even amongst health care workers. For home health care workers, pre-pandemic use of personal protective equipment (PPE) beyond gloves was seldom warranted and Personal Support Workers (PSWs) were rarely required to use facial protective equipment (FPE). With the ongoing pandemic, home health care workers are expected to adhere to universal masking and eye protection requirements. This presentation will share findings from an ongoing series of CREOD projects regarding factors that influence the use of FPE by nurses and PSWs working in home care and highlight opportunities to increase adherence.

Presenter: Emily King

Emily King, Ph.D., is the Manager of Research Operations at VHA Home HealthCare and Assistant Professor (Status) in Occupational and Environmental Health at DLSPH. She is a home care researcher who collaborates closely with both CREOD and CRE-MSD to conduct research and identify practical solutions to improve the occupational health and safety of home care providers while creating conditions that support older adults to age in place as safely and independently as possible. Emily holds degrees in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering from the Universities of Toronto and Waterloo.