Notes to Healthcare Personnel (HCP) on use of PPE for COVID-19

If you are travelling and would like to know if you should wear a face mask for COVID-19, please read this article.

The following information was taken from the CDC’s website and is in the context of a person working as HCP (healthcare personnel). These guidelines may assist healthcare personnel working with PPE for COVID-19. Please watch this video for full details on how to properly fit a 3M cup respirator.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the leading public health institute of the United States. The CDC is a United States federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services. For this reason, Delta Health and Safety believe that they are a reputable organisation and the information they provide is credible.

 

Correctly using, donning and doffing PPE for COVID-19

 

If you are working as HCP (Healthcare Personnel) please take note of the following recommendations specifically around the use of PPE to protect you against COVID-19. The guidelines highlight the importance of treating the PPE itself as a contaminated item, and correctly removing and disposing of the PPE.

 

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/

 

Definition of Healthcare Personnel (HCP) – For the purposes of this guidance, HCP refers to all persons, paid and unpaid, working in healthcare settings engaged in patient care activities, including: patient assessment for triage, entering examination rooms or patient rooms to provide care or clean and disinfect the environment, obtaining clinical specimens, handling soiled medical supplies or equipment, and coming in contact with potentially contaminated environmental surfaces.

 

Employers of HCP should select appropriate PPE and provide it to HCP in accordance with OSHA’s PPE standards [or local authority].

 

    • HCP must receive training on and demonstrate an understanding of
      • when to use PPE;
      • what PPE is necessary;
      • how to properly don, use and doff PPE in a manner to prevent self-contamination;
      • how to properly dispose of or disinfect and maintain PPE;
      • and the limitations of PPE.
    • Any reusable PPE must be properly cleaned, decontaminated, and maintained after and between uses. Facilities should have policies and procedures describing a recommended sequence for safely donning and doffing PPE:

Respiratory Protection

 

    • Use respiratory protection (i.e., a respirator) that is at least as protective as a fit-tested NIOSH-certified disposable N95 filtering facepiece respirator before entry into the patient room or care area. See appendix for respirator definition.
    • Disposable respirators should be removed and discarded after exiting the patient’s room or care area and closing the door. Perform hand hygiene after discarding the respirator.
    • If reusable respirators (e.g., powered air purifying respirator/PAPR) are used, they must be cleaned and disinfected according to manufacturer’s reprocessing instructions prior to re-use.
    • Respirator use must be in the context of a complete respiratory protection program in accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Respiratory Protection standard [or local authority regulations] Staff should be medically cleared and fit-tested if using respirators with tight-fitting facepieces (e.g., a NIOSH-certified disposable N95) and trained in the proper use of respirators, safe removal and disposal, and medical contraindications to respirator use.

Gloves

 

    • Perform hand hygiene, then put on clean, non-sterile gloves upon entry into the patient room or care area. Change gloves if they become torn or heavily contaminated.
    • Remove and discard gloves when leaving the patient room or care area, and immediately perform hand hygiene.

Gowns

 

Put on a clean isolation gown upon entry into the patient room or area. Change the gown if it becomes soiled. Remove and discard the gown in a dedicated container for waste or linen before leaving the patient room or care area. Disposable gowns should be discarded after use. Cloth gowns should be laundered after each use.

Eye Protection

 

Put on eye protection (e.g. goggles, a disposable face shield that covers the front and sides of the face) upon entry to the patient room or care area. Remove eye protection before leaving the patient room or care area. Reusable eye protection (e.g. goggles) must be cleaned and disinfected according to manufacturer’s reprocessing instructions prior to re-use.  Disposable eye protection should be discarded after use.

Unfortunately, at the time of writing, due to stock unavailability Delta Health and Safety can’t supply the following to the public or any new B2B customers: facemasks, surgical gloves, protective coveralls, faceshields or safety goggles and glasses. Please refer to the information page to add your name to a waiting list for stock, and for links to all COVID-19 related articles. This information has been shared as a service in the public interest of health. Delta Health and Safety do not make any recommendation and urge all concerned parties to consult the relevant authorities for the most recent recommendations.

COVID-19 is an emerging disease. New knowledge is added daily and guidance may change as the situation evolves. Please consult the CDC website or your local authority regularly for the most up-to-date information

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