They must be worn when undertaking all direct care procedures with patients, when there is a likelihood of contact with blood, secretions, excretions or body fluids (Loveday et al, 2014). Similarly, they must be worn when handling soiled linen, used equipment or waste products (Wilson, 2015).
When should protective clothes be worn?
All staff, patients and visitors should use PPE when there will be contact with blood, bodily fluids or respiratory secretions. Gloves – wearing gloves protects your hands from germs and helps to reduce the spread of them. Getting germs onto your hands is one of the easiest ways of unintentionally spreading infection.
When should you use protective equipment?
When to use PPE
- staying home if you’re unwell.
- hand hygiene.
- respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette.
- not touching your face.
- regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces.
- physical distancing where possible and practical.
What PPE must be worn at all times?
Gloves, protect the hands, gowns or aprons protect the skin and/or clothing, masks and respirators protect the mouth and nose, goggles protect the eyes, and face shields protect the entire face. The respirator, has been designed to also protect the respiratory tract from airborne transmission of infectious agents.
What piece of PPE should be removed first?
The order for removing PPE is Gloves, Apron or Gown, Eye Protection, Surgical Mask. Perform hand hygiene immediately on removal. All PPE should be removed before leaving the area and disposed of as healthcare waste.
What is the most common reason employees do not use PPE?
One of the top safety issues for most employers is the consistent use of personal protective equipment (PPE). A Kimberly-Clark professional survey taken at the 2007 National Safety Council Congress and Expo found that discomfort was the most common reason for not using PPE.
What happens when you dont wear PPE?
Poor PPE compliance greatly increases the risk of injury. Burns, cuts, punctures, electrocution, slips – the list goes on. Proper footwear can prevent many of these, as can appropriate gloves, clothing, headgear, goggles, face protection, and so on.
Why employees do not wear PPE?
There are many excuses employees will make for not wearing the right PPE for the job. Whether they feel they are invincible, find PPE uncomfortable, or just think they can get away with it, many employees may conveniently forget something they need when they set out to complete a task.