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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

What is Personal Protective Equipment PPE

PPE or personal protective equipment protects the user against health or safety risks at work. It can include protective clothing items such as hand protection, eye protection, and face protection. It also includes respiratory protective equipment, such as face masks.

Practice everyday prevention like keeping a social distance (at least 6 feet) from others, washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds (or using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol), and wearing a face mask when you have to go out in public.

How to Put On PPE Gear

More than one donning method may be acceptable. Training and practice using your healthcare facility’s procedure are critical. Below is one example of donning.

  1. Identify and gather the proper PPE to don. Ensure the choice of gown size is correct (based on training).
  2. Perform hand hygiene using hand sanitizer.
  3. Put on isolation gown. Tie all of the ties on the gown. Assistance may be needed by other healthcare personnel.
  4. Put on approved N95 filtering facepiece respirator or higher (use a facemask if a respirator is not available). If the respirator has a nosepiece, it should be fitted to the nose with both hands, not bent or tented. Do not pinch the nosepiece with one hand. Respirator/facemask should be extended under chin. Both your mouth and nose should be protected. Do not wear respirator/facemask under your chin or store in scrub’s pocket between patients.*
    • Respirator: Respirator straps should be placed on the crown of the head (top strap) and base of the neck (bottom strap). Perform a user seal check each time you put on the respirator.
    • Facemask: Mask ties should be secured on the crown of the head (top tie) and base of the neck (bottom tie). If the mask has loops, hook them appropriately around your ears.
  5. Put on a face shield or goggles. When wearing an N95 respirator or half facepiece elastomeric respirator, select the proper eye protection to ensure that the respirator does not interfere with the correct positioning of the eye protection, and the eye protection does not affect the fit or seal of the respirator. Face shields provide full face coverage. Goggles also provide excellent protection for eyes, but fogging is common.
  6. Put on gloves. Gloves should cover the cuff (wrist) of gown.

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