Application of PPE
Any infectious agent transmitted by contact or droplet route can potentially contaminate of healthcare workers’ hands, skin or clothing.
Infectious agents transmitted through droplets can also come into contact with the mucous membranes of the healthcare worker. Cross-contamination can then occur between the healthcare worker and other patients or healthcare workers, or between the healthcare worker and the environment.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) used as part of standard precautions includes aprons, gowns, gloves, surgical masks, protective eyewear and face shields. An N-95 respirator mask is used in case of droplet and / or airborne infection.
Selection of PPE is based on the type of patient interaction, known or possible infectious agents, and/or the likely mode(s) of transmission. PPE is designed and issued for a particular purpose in a protected environment and should not be worn outside that area.
Appropriate sequences and procedures for putting on and removing PPE are shown in this module.