Typically speaking, the term PPE or Personal Protective Equipment refers to a large group of equipment or products that are designed to protect workers from workplace hazards. However, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, this equipment is proving to be extremely useful and safe, especially for the medical professionals who are working on the frontline.
Personal Protective Equipment is defined in the Regulations as ‘all equipment (including clothing affording protection against the weather) which is intended to be worn or held by a person at work and which protects him against one or more risks to his health or safety’ e.g. safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses.
Protective equipment comprises of the garments that are placed to protect the healthcare workers or any other person who may be at an infection risk. The usual standard precautions consist of gloves, masks, gowns and in case of an airborne disease and high-risk infection, it includes face protection, goggles, mask, face shield along with coveralls, headcover and rubber boots. Let’s find out some more detail on the different types of PPE equipment that can help in enhancing wearer safety.
It is advised that the mucous membranes of the eyes, mouth and nose of health workers must be completely covered. The eyes need to be protected by a face shield or goggles while the mouth and nose should be covered by a fluid-resistant mask or a surgical mask with a design that does not collapse against the mouth.
Moreover, it is necessary that the health workers wear double gloves (preferably nitrile) and make use of protective bodywear apart from regular clothing items. This protective wear should be either a disposable gown or disposable coverall and apron made from a fabric that is resistant to penetration by blood or other bodily fluids or airborne/bloodborne pathogens. Additionally, the protective gear should include waterproof boots like rubber boots and a separate headcover.
While the usage of all the above enumerated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is extremely vital, proper training to healthcare providers and care workers on the use of PPE should be provided. This should be followed by offering mentoring for all health workers and professionals during their work and line of medical duty.
Moreover, it is critical to have effective resource management for the PPE kits across medical facilities. This should include stock management, availability of different sizes and shapes for the PPE, and having these items easily accessible, besides controlling the quality and setting up a system to prevent and early detection of shortages.
If you own a medical facility or work with an organization providing medical care in the time of the Coronavirus pandemic, you can connect with us at Arogya Depot for all your PPE requirements. We would be happy to help!