What is PPE?

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is comprised of masks, goggles, gloves, hair cover, and gowns. Among these items, masks, gloves, and gowns are by far the most commonly used articles of PPE in a hospital environment. They protect medical workers against bacterial or viral infection from respiratory secretions, body fluids, blood, and excretions from suspected patients as well as those who are infected with COVID-19.

The functions of PPE

Hair covers help maintain sterility in a work area. It also helps protect the hair and scalp of its wearer from contamination.

The gloves used are medical grade and are commonly made of polyurethane, nitrile, polyvinyl chloride, or natural rubber latex.

Masks or N95 respirators help reduce the exposure of the wearer to airborne particles, from large droplets to small aerosols.

Face shields provide protection against splatters and splashes of fluid borne pathogens from suspected and infected coronavirus patients. Face shields, which protect the entire face, are crucial when the wearer is working in close proximity to patients or other individuals in a crowded setting.

The synthetic suits allow its wearer to move and treat their patients freely without worrying out the accidental transfer of bacteria and viruses.

A full body suit is made of air and fluid-resistant plastic fiber that makes an effective gear against possible exposure to infectious agents. However, the suit must be removed carefully to avoid exposure to pathogens on the outer suit.

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