Personal protective equipment (PPE) plays a critical role in protecting health care workers (HCWs). Authors investigated the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and patient isolation type on PPE compliance. HCWs reported an increase in PPE compliance during the pandemic. Nearly half (48.6%) reported that isolation type impacted the decision to wear PPE; of those, most were likely to forgo PPE with contact precautions. Bedside nursing handover (BNH) has been recognized as a contributor to patient-centered care. A meta-synthesis was done to evaluate and synthetize the qualitative literature on barriers to and facilitators of BNH. Findings indicated that BNH ensures patient safety and increases satisfaction and recognition among patients and nurses. Other articles describe innovative QI projects in various settings.
Marilyn H. Oermann, Editor-in-Chief