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Personal Protective Equipment

Personal protective equipment (PPE) refers to a variety of barriers, used alone or in combination, to protect the eyes , nose, mouth, skin and clothing from contact with blood and other body substances which may contain infectious agents. PPE is used as part of standard precautions and includes gloves, protective eye wear, face shields, masks, aprons and gowns. PPE plays an important role in preventing the spread of health care associated infections from patient to patient. PPE plays an equally important role in preventing health care workers from being exposed to another person’s blood and other body substances and from acquiring infections.

Gloves
Gloves are the most common type of personal protective equipment (PPE). Gloves are considered a barrier protecting both you and your patient from the transfer of harmful microorganisms. Always use gloves when you work on a patient. Hygienically prepare your hands before gloving and clean your hands again after removing the gloves and before moving on to your next patient. Gloves are absolutely essential when you have an existing cut or small wound on your own hand and when you are touching any bodily fluid/secretion/excretion.

Over-shoes
Shoe covers are important as they help maintain a sanitary environment by eliminating tracked-in dirt and microbes and they protect the wearer from accidental spills and bodily fluids. Always use shoe covers when entering the operating room or Intensive Care Unit.  Alternatively use dedicated surgical boots or shoes.

Surgical caps
Even clean recently washed hair is contaminated with loads of bacteria. The surgical cap minimizes the risk of hair falling into the sterile area during surgery. Ensure that all your hair is covered by the surgical cap before proceeding with scrubbing for surgery.

Masks
The nose and mouth are portals of entry for infectious agents. Masks act as a physical Barrier to prevent the nose and mouth from becoming contaminated with splashes of blood and other body substances. Surgical masks are the most common type of mask used to protect the health care worker from contamination and are single use items that cover the nose and mouth. Surgical masks also provide some protection from respiratory secretions generated by patients and are worn in conjunction with eye protection when caring for patients on droplet precaution.

Apron
Some surgical procedures may become really messy, thus the surgeon needs to protect him/herself by wearing a waterproof apron. Surgical procedures where a lot of bleeding of spill of bodily fluids like amniotic fluid e.g. during a Caesarian section are examples where an apron is needed.

Surgical gowns
Surgical gowns are considered one of the most important protective items during surgical procedures. Sterile surgical gowns play an essential role in maintaining aseptic conditions by blocking the transfer of harmful microorganisms and chemicals to and from the patient, and reducing the transfer of bacteria from the skin of the surgical staff to the air in the operating room.

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