Views on PPE disinfection and reuse

We want to understand your views, attitudes and perceptions on the disinfection of personal protective equipment (PPE) for potential reuse.

In pandemic situations, such as the current Covid-19 scenario, hospital resources are frequently stretched beyond capacity, as has already occurred in many countries across the globe. Preventing the spread of Covid-19 to and from health care and other 'frontline' workers and patients into the wider community relies on the availability and effective use of PPE.

Globally there are shortages of PPE, with supply chain and distribution issues, closed borders and reduced freight, and in some instances, stock that is “not fit for use”.

One proposed solution to this problem is the disinfection of PPE for potential reuse. However, this needs to be acceptable for those who will be direct end-users. It is critical that health professionals and frontline workers’ voices are prioritised in this process.  

What's involved?

Your responses to this completely anonymous survey will help us understand under what circumstances you believe it may be acceptable to undertake PPE disinfection for potential reuse. This study is not advocating for PPE reuse per se, rather whether it is acceptable.

This survey closes 30 November.

You can choose to go in the draw to win one of three $100 vouchers* (Pak’N’Save or petrol).

*New Zealand participants only

Eligibility criteria

You can complete this survey if you are a health professional or other frontline worker from any country who uses PPE in your work.


For further information, you can read the participant information sheet and consent form available through the survey link.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Dr Cervantée Wild

Dr Yvonne Anderson