BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT FROM THE 2008 REPORT

The 2008 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report provided the outline for a lifecycle approach to PPE and emphasized that, in addition to fit and filtration for respirators and functionality requirements for other types of PPE, numerous other factors play a significant role in the design and development of healthcare PPE. These factors include issues involving visibility, comfort and wearability, durability, maintenance and reuse, aesthetics, and cost (Figure 3-1).

In considering a framework for the design and development of PPE, the 2008 committee addressed the three phases of the design and engineering process typically associated with a product’s lifecycle:

FIGURE 3-1 A structured approach to evidence-based performance requirements for personal protective equipment (PPE).

FIGURE 3-1 A structured approach to evidence-based performance requirements for personal protective equipment (PPE).

SOURCE: IOM (2008).



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