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How to use personal protective equipment

20191213090334

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Protecting staff and patients from infection is vital so all staff who may have to use personal protective equipment must know how to use and remove it correctly

Introduction

The aim of using personal protective equipment (PPE) is to protect against health or safety risks at work. The epic3 (Loveday et al, 2014) evidence-based guidelines on infection prevention and control state that selection of PPE should be based on an assessment of the:

Risk of transmission of micro-organisms to the patient or carer;

Risk of contamination of the health professional’s clothing or skin by the patient’s blood or body fluid or respired aerosols or droplets;

Suitability of the equipment for the proposed use – does it fit, is it CE marked, do PPE items fit together?

Before using PPE, staff should be educated and their competence assessed in the assessment of risk, and selection and use of PPE, as well as the use of standard precautions. It is important to assess whether the selected PPE will be effective – for example, staff using respirators will need to be “fit tested” to ensure Disposable Face Masks are a correct and safe fit (NHS England and Public Health England, 2013a).

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