One of the biggest issues during this Covid-19 outbreak is the proper use of personal protective equipment or “PPE”. This issue has spawned a booming mask making industry, and many debates over whether or not we (the general public) need to be wearing PPE at all. Here is a quick tutorial on PPE.
- PPE is a term used in healthcare settings. PPE includes masks, gloves, gowns, head, and shoe coverings, and sometimes “suits”.
- In a healthcare setting, the appropriate PPE is donned, and then removed between patients, to prevent transmission of the illness from one patient to another.
- There is a proper way to put on, and remove these items, which everyone from CNA’s to surgeons are taught during their education. These techniques prevent transfer of contaminates.
PPE, if used improperly, can increase the risk of transmission, or contamination.
For the purpose of this post, I am now only going to discuss the use of PPE as it applies to “us”, the general public.