Personal protective equipment: Analysis of supply among midwives during the COVID-19 pandemic in Peru

Natalia Valverde-Espinoza, John Barja-Ore, Mirian Solis Rojas, Margarita Pérez-Silva, Rocío Herrera-Málaga, Lizardo Huamán Angulo, Brenda Rodríguez López

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Objective: To report the details of provision of personal protective equipment to midwives during the COVID-19 pandemic in Peru Methods: This is a non-experimental, descriptive, cross-sectional study. An online survey of 679 midwives working at public healthcare centres was conducted via questionnaires. The following aspects were outlined: method of supply and frequency of delivery of personal protective equipment, type of personal protective equipment provided by the institution, and self-purchase. Furthermore, features of the midwives’ workplace were described. For statistical analysis, absolute frequencies and relative proportions were used for categorical variables, and mean and standard deviation were used for numerical variables. Measurements and findings: The most important finding of this study is that a large proportion of midwives (66.6%) did not receive new personal protective equipment for each shift; 41.9% of midwives who received personal protective equipment during each shift exclusively provided services in the COVID-19 ward, whereas 27.6% did not. The least received supplies were of N95 respirator masks (41.7%) and disposable isolation suit gown (50.5%). Only a certain proportion of midwives (38.6%) were trained by their own institutions on the use of personal protective equipment. Key conclusions: The provision of personal protective equipment to midwives and training on personal protective equipment were insufficient at all workplaces. Therefore, measures must be taken to increase the supply of this material to midwives who are essential workers in reproductive health.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number103583
StateIndexed - Mar 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was self-financed. We thank the Peruvian College of Midwives of Peru for having contributed to the dissemination of the research instrument through its institutional social network.

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© 2022 Elsevier Ltd


  • COVID-19
  • Health services
  • Midwifery
  • Personal protective equipment


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