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Friday, September 11 • 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Implementing Hospital Respiratory Protection Programs: New Educational Resources

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Topic Overview: Protecting workers from exposure to all types of respiratory hazards is an important issue for all hospital staff, yet often does not receive the attention it deserves. Studies following the H1N1 outbreak identified several opportunities for improvement in respiratory protection programs (RPP.) To address this need, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) spearheaded a cluster of research activities around respiratory protection programs. 

CDC/NIOSH/NPPTL recently developed a national toolkit, Hospital Respiratory Protection Program Toolkit: Resources for Respirator Program Administrators (National Toolkit,) to assist hospital respirator program administrators in the implementation of a comprehensive respiratory protection program that will meet the requirements as set forth in the OSHA standard (29 CFR 1910.134.) The toolkit provides authoritative guidance on indications for isolation precautions, the essential elements of a RPP, types of respiratory protection devices and sample program evaluation checklists.

In addition, The Joint Commission collaborated with CDC/NIOSH/NPPTL to develop an educational monograph designed to assist hospitals in addressing common challenges and barriers in the implementation of respiratory protection programs. The monograph, Implementing Hospital Respiratory Protection Programs: Strategies from the Field, features case study examples, strategies, new resources and a variety of approaches which were solicited from the field and vetted through an eight-member Technical Expert Panel, with expertise in occupational health, environmental medicine, emergency preparedness, infectious diseases and industrial hygiene. It is designed to be a companion document to the CDC/NIOSH/NPPTL toolkit.

This presentation will illustrate the processes for developing the two resources, highlight the features and key points in each, and show how they can be used to improve respiratory protection programs. 


  1. Describe processes for development of new respiratory protection resources.
  2. Review key points of the National Toolkit for respiratory program administrators.
  3. Explain key points of The Joint Commission educational monograph.


Brette A. Tschurtz, BA

Brette A. Tschurtz is a Project Director in the Department of Health Services Research at The Joint Commission. In this role, she is involved in all activities related to the development and implementation of research proposals and has provided project management, research assistance... Read More →
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Barbara I. Braun, PhD

Associate Director, The Joint Commission
Barbara Braun is currently Associate Director, Health Services Research, in the Division of Healthcare Quality Evaluation at The Joint Commission. In her position, she is involved with designing and implementing collaborative projects related to quality of care and multi-site infection... Read More →
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Debra Novak, PhD, RN

Senior Service Fellow, NPPTL/NIOSH/CDC
Dr. Debra Novak is a Senior Service Fellow with NPPTL/NIOSH. Dr. Novak holds a PhD in Nursing from The University of Alabama-Birmingham and has over 30 years of experience in the field working in a variety of clinical, research and faculty positions. In her current position, she is... Read More →

Friday September 11, 2015 1:30pm - 2:15pm PDT
Pacific Concourse D&E

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