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PPE: Everything you need to know about Personal Protective Equipment

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is designed to protect you from germs. This protection reduces the risk of touching, being exposed to and spreading germs.

Personal Protective Equipment helps prevent the spread of germs in hospitals. It helps protect medical staff and patients from infection.

Every medical staff, patient and visitor must use PPE when they get in contact with blood or other body fluids.

 

Different types of PPE

Wearing gloves protects your hands from germs and helps reduce the spread of germs.

Masks cover your mouth and nose.

Some masks have a clear plastic part that covers the eyes.
A surgical mask helps prevent the spread of germs in the nose and mouth. It can also prevent some germs from being inhaled.

A breathing mask (or respirator) forms a tight seal around your nose and mouth. It may be necessary to prevent the inhalation of small germs such as tuberculosis bacteria, viruses…

Eye protection includes a face shield and goggles. They protect the eye mucous membranes from blood and other body fluids. If contact is made with the eyes, germs contained in these fluids can be absorbed into the body through the mucous membranes.

Clothing includes gowns, aprons, hats and shoe covers.

They are often used during operations to protect the patient and the nursing staff.

A gown with long sleeves and elastic wristband prevents liquids from penetrating through the skin.

Choosing the right PPE

You may need to use different types of PPE for different situations. Your workplace has written instructions on when you should wear PPE and what type of PPE to use.

For respiratory protection, the Dorma respirator is an excellent alternative with a filtration efficiency of 99%.

After using PPE

Remove and discard them (according to the instructions provided) safely to protect others from exposure to pathogens.