Personal protective equipment

Nizam Damani

in Manual of Infection Prevention and Control

Third edition

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199698356
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732126 | DOI:
Personal protective equipment

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The primary aim of using personal protective equipment (PPE) in health care settings is to protect the skin and mucous membranes of health care workers from exposure to blood and/or body fluid. It also prevents contamination of clothing and reduces the opportunity of spread of microorganisms from patients and/or fomites to other patients, staff, and environments. It is essential that PPE conforming to appropriate national/international standards should be used. The decision to use and select appropriate PPE must be based upon an assessment of the level of risk associated with contamination of skin, mucous membranes, and clothing by blood and/or body fluids from a specific patient care activity or intervention. This chapter discusses PPEs including gloves, aprons and gowns, and protective eye/facewear.

Keywords: PPE; health care workers; contamination; glove; aprons; gowns; protective eyewear; facewear

Chapter.  3806 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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