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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

4. Which PPE to use

The front of the body is the part most frequently contaminated by body fluid, and so plastic disposable aprons provide adequate protection in most circumstances (such as handling bedpans, dressing wounds and dealing with body fluid spills). In circumstances where considerable contamination by body fluids is predicted, for example in surgical procedures, then water-repellent gowns should be used.

Healthcare workers are vulnerable to infection if infected body fluid is splashed onto the mucous membranes of the eyes and mouth. Therefore, in some circumstances such as in theatres and when dealing with obstetric cases, well fitting masks and eye protection should be worn along with surgical gowns.

For highly infectious airborne transmission of microorganisms e.g. Covid-19. Respiratory protection is required when exposure to airborne transmission of microorganisms is likely. E.g. Covid-19.

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