Preferred Product Characteristics for Personal Protective Equipment for the Health Worker on the Frontline Responding to Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers*in Tropical Climates

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Preferred Product Characteristics for Personal Protective Equipment for the Health Worker on the Frontline Responding to Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers*in Tropical Climates

Description

*Ebola, Marburg and other hemorrhagic fevers that share similar human-to-human transmission characteristics

Guidance document.

WHO Team
Access to Assistive Technology and Medical Devices, Access to Medicines and Health Products, Health Product Policy and Standards, Medical Devices and Diagnostics

Number of pages
37

ISBN: 978 92 4 151415 6

Copyright
CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO

Creator

Date Last Updated (Year-Month-Day)

2018-09-26

Objectives

  • To provide a review and summary of current evidence on protective effects of PPE and applicable standards, and to identify the knowledge gaps related to safety, usability, comfort and disposal of PPE.
  • To stimulate stakeholders to innovate, collaborate, design, engineer and plan for a PPE system that will increase safety and reduce the heat stress. This can be modified from current PPE already on the market or be a part of a re-imagined PPE system.
  • To serve as a guide to develop a PPE system whose parts are intentionally designed with consideration of ergonomics and human factors to fit and allow for harmonized procedures on donning and doffing PPE processes. This should result in a standardized system that will remove confusion and mistakes at the user level.

Citation

Preferred product characteristics for personal protective equipment for the health worker on the frontline responding to viral hemorrhagic fevers in tropical climates. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2018.Licence: CCBY-NC-SA3.0IGO.