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Document ID (ISN)62896
CIS number 94-1764
ISSN - Serial title 0096-1736 - Journal of Occupational Medicine
Year 1993
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Garrett S.J., Robinson J.K.
Title Disposable protective eyewear devices for health care providers: How important are they and will available designs be used?
Bibliographic information Oct. 1993, Vol.35, No.10, p.1043-1047. 21 ref.
Abstract To assess the efficacy of five types of disposable protective eye wear devices, to determine variables affecting the use of protective eye wear, and to determine the frequency of eye splatter, 100 volunteer health care providers were assigned to one of five groups and given a protective eye wear device to use for two weeks in an urban teaching referral centre. Questionnaires were used to survey eye wear habits and other variables before the study. The devices were 88% effective overall, and there was no statistically significant difference between groups. The incidence of splatter was 50%. Even though disposable eye wear providing full frontal and lateral eye coverage is effective in preventing eye splatter, health care providers working in nonsurgical areas may be more exposed to eye splatter than previously assumed because of the lack of recognition of splatter by the workers.
Descriptors (primary) safety spectacles; biological hazards; health care personnel
Descriptors (secondary) questionnaire survey; evaluation of equipment
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Personal protection
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Face and eye protection
Health care services
Biological hazards