PPE

The ultimate guide to wearing Personal protective equipment(PPE) in healthcare system

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is a technical kit or clothing you use to insure yourself and patients from germs. It creates a threshold between the virus, bacteria or fungi and you. PPE includes gloves, gowns, goggles, masks and face shields.

PPE

Personal protective equipment

STEPS TO PUT ON PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

1. Always put on essential required PPE when handling either suspected, probable or confirmed cases.

2. The dressing and undressing of PPE should be supervised by another trained member of the team.

3. Gather all the necessary items of the PPE beforehand.
Put on the scrub suit in the changing room.

4. Put on the rubber boots. If not available, make sure you have closed, puncture and fluid resistance shoes and put on an overshoe.

5. Place the impermeable gown over the scrub.

6. Put on face protection

a. Put on a medical mask.

b. Put on goggles or face shield.

7. If available put on a headcover at this time.

8. Perform hand hygiene.

9. Put on gloves (over cuff)

10. If an impermeable gown is not available to place waterproof apron over the gown.

NOTE: While wearing PPE;
a. Avoid touching or adjusting PPE

b. Change gloves between patients

c. Remove gloves if they become torn or damaged.

d. Perform hand hygiene before putting on new gloves.

HOW TO SAFELY REMOVE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)

Here is the way to safely remove PPE without contaminating your clothing, skin, or mucous membranes with potentially
infectious materials. Remove all PPE before exiting the patient room except a respirator, if worn. Remove the respirator after leaving the patient room and closing the door.

Now Remove the PPE in the following sequence:

1. GOWN AND GLOVES
• Gown front and sleeves and the outside of gloves are contaminated!
• If your hands get contaminated during gown or glove removal,
immediately wash your hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
• Grasp the gown in the front and pull away from your body so that the ties break, touching outside of gown only with gloved
hands
• While removing the gown, fold or roll the gown inside-out into a bundle
• As you are removing the gown, peel off your gloves at the same time, only touching the inside of the gloves and gown with your bare hands. Place the gown and gloves into a waste container

2. GOGGLES OR FACE SHIELD
• Outside of goggles or face shields are contaminated!
• If your hands get contaminated during goggle or face shield removal,
immediately wash your hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
• Remove goggles or face shield from the back by lifting headband and without touching the front of the goggles or face shield
• If the item is reusable, place in the designated receptacle for reprocessing. Otherwise, discard in a waste container

3. MASK OR RESPIRATOR
• Front of mask respirator is contaminated — DO NOT TOUCH!
• If your hands get contaminated during mask/respirator removal, immediately wash your hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer

• Grasp bottom ties or elastics of the mask/respirator, then the ones at the top, and remove without touching the front

• Discard in a waste container
OR
4. WASH HANDS OR USE AN
ALCOHOL-BASED HAND SANITIZER
IMMEDIATELY AFTER REMOVING
ALL PPE

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