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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – Coronavirus

Coronavirus Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – Coronavirus

Coronavirus Personal Protective Equipment – Keeping safe when working with, or close to, people infected with the COVID-19 virus is of primary importance.

Events have proved just how contagious this virus really is. And with an incubation period of up to 14 days, the only guaranteed method for staying safe for many key workers is to wear suitable PPE.

But no matter how highly-rated your PPE, if you don’t put it on and take it off correctly, you’ll be exposing yourself to additional risk. So here’s what you need to know to use your PPE safely and effectively.

Putting on coronavirus personal protective equipment

Before you start putting on your coronavirus personal protective equipment, there are a couple of things you need to do. First of all, tie your hair back if necessary. Fiddling with stray strands of hair will put you at additional risk, so it’s important to keep it tucked away safely.

Now it’s time to remove any jewellery. Drink plenty of water too, as it gets very hot under personal protective equipment, particularly in warmer weather. Next, perform a thorough hand wash with soap and hot water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

Protective Gown

– First of all, put on your PPE apron, making sure it’s securely fastened behind you.

Face Masks

– Put on your face mask, ensuring that it covers your nose and mouth.

If it has ties, fasten them securely at the crown of your head and the nape of your neck. It should create a good seal around your face to be effective. Use both hands to press down the malleable strip so that it conforms to your facial contours. This will ensure that you benefit from the full protection of the mask.

Put on any googles or face visor, if required.

PPE Gloves

Finally, put on your protective gloves.

Removing personal protective equipment

Make sure you follow the guidelines on removing your personal protective equipment to ensure there is no cross contamination.

Although a surgical mask can be kept in place throughout a shift, your apron and gloves should be changed between each patient or client. Make sure that you stay safe by removing these items as follows:

– Hold a glove firmly by the cuff to ease it off your hand.

– Place the glove you’ve removed in your other, gloved hand. Now slide one finger underneath the cuff to ease the glove off gently. Holding the gloves inside out, dispose of them appropriately.

– Wash your hands with soap and hot water, or apply alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

– Unfasten your apron at the back, either by unfastening ties, or by breaking them.

– Allow the apron to fold forward on itself, then unfasten the back ties, fold the apron on itself – remember, the surface of the apron is contaminated – and dispose of it as clinical waste.

– At the end of your shift, remove any face visor or goggles after removing your apron.

– Wash hands again with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

– Remove your face mask and dispose of it appropriately.

– Finally, wash your hands once again, using soap and hot water or a

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