Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/16525
Title: Using interactive computer simulation for teaching the proper use of personal protective equipment
Authors: Hung, PP
Choi, KS 
Chiang, VCL 
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
Source: CIN - Computers informatics nursing, 2014 How to cite?
Journal: CIN - Computers Informatics Nursing 
Abstract: The use of personal protective equipment is one of the basic infection control precautions in health care. The effectiveness of personal protective equipment is highly dependent on adequate staff training. In this project, a computer simulation program, as a supplement to conventional training approaches, was developed to facilitate the learning of the proper use of personal protective equipment. The simulation program was a Web-based interactive software with user-friendly graphical interface for users to practice the use of personal protective equipment usage via drag-and-drop metaphors and respond to questions online. The effectiveness of the computer simulation software was investigated by a controlled study. Fifty healthcare workers were randomly assigned into two groups: one received conventional personal protective equipment training only (control group), whereas the other also received the same conventional training but followed by using the developed simulation program for self-learning (experimental group). Their performance was assessed by personal protective equipment donning and doffing evaluation before and after the training. The results showed that the computer simulation program is able to improve the healthcare workers’ understanding and competence in using personal protective equipment.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/16525
ISSN: 1538-2931
DOI: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000125
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