PPE Survey Results

March 2, 2021 | News, COVID-19

While PPE supply in continuing care has significantly improved over last year, survey results still show some concern.

On February 9, we surveyed the continuing care sector to assess current supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and to identify any challenges in obtaining PPE. This survey follows three other PPE surveys we did last year.

While overall the access to PPE for continuing care organizations has improved when compared to the shortages many were experiencing last year, some are still very or somewhat concerned about their ability over the next three months to obtain exam gloves (43%), N95 respirators (42%), protective gowns (37%), surgical masks (35%), hand sanitizer (24%) and eye protection (21%).

Cost, access to PPE, and difficulty meeting the changing PPE guidelines were identified as barriers to maintaining an adequate supply.

The second part of the survey focused on N95 respirators and fit testing. Forty-two percent of respondents indicated they had less than a seven-day supply of N95 respirators.

Of the 61% of respondents who currently use N95 respirators, only 10% indicated that most of their staff have been fit-tested to properly wear N95s. Most organizations reported that they don’t have enough staff to backfill for fit-testing, don’t have enough fit testing kits, and don’t have time for fit-testing.

In response to the challenges we’ve been hearing about N95 respirator stock and fit-testing, we have been working to update our PPE Suppliers webpage to identify suppliers who have N95 respirators and fit-testing kits.

We will also be launching a virtual fit tester workshop in the coming months, along with templates to inform a Respirator Protection program.

For a detailed breakdown of the survey results by sector and region:

For a list of PPE suppliers