Health Care Workers At Maryland Nursing Homes Go Through PPE Training

Maryland nursing homes are requiring staff to undergo PPE training after a statewide surge in COVID-19 cases in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Nurses at Baltimore nursing homes are undergoing retraining on how to properly use PPE, according to WBAL TV.

The training, which is a partnership between LifeBridge Health and the Health Facilities Association of Maryland, is being done to ensure that staff members are protecting both themselves and residents from coronavirus exposure with the help of face masks.

Part of the training involves the nurses being fit tested for masks. During the process, each nurse had a hood placed over their head before a solution was sprayed inside of it to test the tightness of the seal.

“It’s really important just to keep your staff safe and in return, keeping the residents or patients safe,” said Sarah Cross, a LifeBridge infection control nurse.

Maryland has experienced coronavirus outbreaks in 183 nursing homes and 124 assisted living facilities as of December 1.

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Nikki Johnson-Bolden is an Associate Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety.

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