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COVID-19 Pandemic: Survey of future use of personal protective equipment in optometric practice.
Cont Lens Anterior Eye. 2020 06; 43(3):208-210.CL

Abstract

PURPOSE

The aim of this project was to evaluate which personal protective equipment (PPE) eye care practitioners (ECP) will use during the next months and also what they will ask the patient to use in clinical practice.

METHODS

A social-media survey was carried out, asking 257 optometrists and opticians in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (i) which PPE they intended to use in the future (after lockdown and before herd immunity and / or vaccine availability) and (ii) what they would ask the patient to do in terms of this.

RESULTS

75 % of the ECPs planned on wearing masks during refractions and 69 % when fitting contact lens. 62 % of the ECPs also expected their patients to wear masks in these tasks. This number is higher than for distance tasks such as fitting frames. Around 90 % of the ECPs would, in addition to hand washing, disinfect their hands and around 80 % expected their patients to do so too. Less than one third of ECPs favoured wearing safety spectacles, gloves and / or protective facial shields. 73 % planed on disinfecting frames after they would have been tried on by customers.

CONCLUSIONS

In summary, most ECPs planed on continuing to use higher standards of PPE. Those, who intended to wear masks themselves, would ask their patients to also do so, combined with hand disinfection.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Dr. Heiko Pult - Optometry and Vision Research, Weinheim, Germany; Ophthalmic Research Group, Life and Health Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom; School of Biomedical & Life Sciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom. Electronic address: ovr@heiko-pult.de.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

32354653

Citation

Pult, Heiko. "COVID-19 Pandemic: Survey of Future Use of Personal Protective Equipment in Optometric Practice." Contact Lens & Anterior Eye : the Journal of the British Contact Lens Association, vol. 43, no. 3, 2020, pp. 208-210.
Pult H. COVID-19 Pandemic: Survey of future use of personal protective equipment in optometric practice. Cont Lens Anterior Eye. 2020;43(3):208-210.
Pult, H. (2020). COVID-19 Pandemic: Survey of future use of personal protective equipment in optometric practice. Contact Lens & Anterior Eye : the Journal of the British Contact Lens Association, 43(3), 208-210. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clae.2020.04.006
Pult H. COVID-19 Pandemic: Survey of Future Use of Personal Protective Equipment in Optometric Practice. Cont Lens Anterior Eye. 2020;43(3):208-210. PubMed PMID: 32354653.
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TY - JOUR T1 - COVID-19 Pandemic: Survey of future use of personal protective equipment in optometric practice. A1 - Pult,Heiko, Y1 - 2020/04/22/ PY - 2020/04/13/received PY - 2020/04/16/revised PY - 2020/04/16/accepted PY - 2020/5/2/pubmed PY - 2020/6/6/medline PY - 2020/5/2/entrez KW - COVID-19 KW - Eye care practitioners KW - Personal protective equipment KW - Survey SP - 208 EP - 210 JF - Contact lens & anterior eye : the journal of the British Contact Lens Association JO - Cont Lens Anterior Eye VL - 43 IS - 3 N2 - PURPOSE: The aim of this project was to evaluate which personal protective equipment (PPE) eye care practitioners (ECP) will use during the next months and also what they will ask the patient to use in clinical practice. METHODS: A social-media survey was carried out, asking 257 optometrists and opticians in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (i) which PPE they intended to use in the future (after lockdown and before herd immunity and / or vaccine availability) and (ii) what they would ask the patient to do in terms of this. RESULTS: 75 % of the ECPs planned on wearing masks during refractions and 69 % when fitting contact lens. 62 % of the ECPs also expected their patients to wear masks in these tasks. This number is higher than for distance tasks such as fitting frames. Around 90 % of the ECPs would, in addition to hand washing, disinfect their hands and around 80 % expected their patients to do so too. Less than one third of ECPs favoured wearing safety spectacles, gloves and / or protective facial shields. 73 % planed on disinfecting frames after they would have been tried on by customers. CONCLUSIONS: In summary, most ECPs planed on continuing to use higher standards of PPE. Those, who intended to wear masks themselves, would ask their patients to also do so, combined with hand disinfection. SN - 1476-5411 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/32354653/COVID_19_Pandemic:_Survey_of_future_use_of_personal_protective_equipment_in_optometric_practice_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1367-0484(20)30079-5 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -