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How the PortaCount helped City Hospital Birmingham achieve an efficient and effective fit test regime


Nov 12 2020 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (GMT) Webex Webinar

TSI is proud to present a free 1-hour webinar with guest speakers, Kasmiro Aheer and Diane Thomlinson from the infection control team at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, on COVID-19 Aerosol Transmission & Respiratory Protection.

The webinar will feature the following topics:

  • What is Coronavirus and COVID-19?
  • What is known about its symptoms, effects, and transmission?
  • Guidelines from the CDC, WHO, HSE
  • Respiratory protection guidelines
  • Unique challenges faced by Healthcare Organizations and Workers
  • Quantitative Respirator Fit Testing – fit testing in less time
  • Feedback from the field - How the PortaCount helped City Hospital Birmingham achieve an efficient and effective fit test regime
  • Question and Answer Session

About the presenters

Maxine Dolloway

Maxine DollowayMaxine Dolloway has been a Direct Sales Specialist at TSI for 8 years, specializing in the Health & Safety product range, of which the PortaCount Respirator Fit Tester is a part of. She is Fit2Fit accredited for both the qualitative and quantitative method of fit testing.

This webinar will be based on the training that Maxine has given many customers, and will consist of a theory session discussing the legislation involved followed by a practical session outlining how to use the PortaCount and the FitPro Ultra Software.

Kasmiro Aheer and Diane Thomlinson are both Infection Control Nurses at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, which is a trust dedicated to improving the lives of local people, maintaining an outstanding reputation for teaching and education, and facilitating innovation and research.

The Trust employs over 7,000 people, who are responsible for the care of 530,000 local people across North-West Birmingham and Sandwell.

Prior to 2018, fit testing at the trust was carried out using the Qualitative Hood method. Very few staff had been fit tested due to lack of confidence in test, difficulties in training staff and a high percentage of tests with unclear results.  In 2018, the hospital switched to the Portacount method of fit testing, which has been a successful solution for the issues the hospital faced.

Watch the recording