The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will launch a free smartphone application in May 2015 that provides intuitive coaching on the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent transmission of Ebola. The app is powered by mobile health platform 22otters and will allow healthcare workers to access easy-to-follow instructions for donning and doffing PPE and a powered air purifying respirator (PAPR), following the latest CDC guidelines. Training leaders at hospitals will also be able to use the app to monitor staff training. You can view a video of an example of the app’s coaching.
Future releases of 22otters STAT (Skills Training Any Time) will also cover other infection-control topics, including CLABSI, CAUTI, MRSA, CDIFF, and surgical soft tissue infection (SSI). The Ebola PPE app will be launched in May, but it will be made available to a number of beta testers. To apply to be a future beta tester, sign up at the 22otters site.
Read more: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to Preview Mobile ‘Ebola PPE Training’ App at HIMSS15 (prnewswire.com)