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When To Use Different Types Of Personal Protective Equipment

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All patients, staff and visitors must always use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) whenever there will be contact with blood, respiratory secretions, and other bodily fluids. Here is a list of personal protective equipment and when you should use them.

3 Ply Face Mask

You must use this mask to protect yourself against germs, as well as ensure that your germs don’t spread from your nose and mouth area. The mask helps to form a tight seal around the nose and mouth. Whenever you are in public you should ensure you wear your face mask for your protection.

Eye Protection

Eye protection encompasses goggles and face shields. These are mainly used to ensure that the mucus membrane in the eyes from bodily fluids and blood that might cause infection.

Clothing

The clothing includes things like head coverings, shoe covers and aprons. These are mainly used amid surgery. Visitors must wear ear gowns whenever they are visiting a patient in isolation due to a highly infectious health complication.

You might be required to use PPE when handling certain types of drugs but these are referred to as cytotoxic PPE. A long-sleeved gown with elastic cuffs is used to prevent liquids from coming into contact with your skin. In some cases, you might be required to wear goggles, shoe covers and special gloves.

Hand Protection

When it comes to hand protection, you must use special types of gloves. There are chemically protective gloves that are good for minimising dermal exposure to chemicals, especially when working in a research laboratory. Note that no gloves are impervious to chemicals, so you will be directed on the right type to use each time you are handling a situation.

Your workplace will inform you each time you are supposed to use PPE, such as 3 Ply Face Mask. They also inform you of the best type of PPE to use based on the situation at hand. Note that there are strict procedures put in place on how you should use the PPEs to avoid infections.

Find out more about our PPE products range available to order at Trio Plus to help keep you safe and protected from the potential spread of infection. 

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