In this edition of First Aid, we will quote exactly what is on the gov.uk website regarding recommendations for Coronavirus COVID 19 PPE and disposable aprons, gowns and gloves in healthcare. Disposable plastic aprons should be worn to protect staff uniforms or clothing from contamination during direct patient care and during environmental and equipment decontamination. Disposable, long-sleeved, water-repellent gowns should be worn when a disposable plastic apron does not adequately cover staff uniforms or clothing for the procedure or task being performed, and when there is a risk of splashing of body fluids, such as during aerosol-generating procedures in high-risk areas or during surgical procedures. interventions. If fluid-tight gowns are used, a disposable plastic apron should be worn. If heavy splashing is expected, it may be appropriate to use additional liquid-repellent items. Disposable aprons are intended for single use and must be disposed of immediately upon completion of a procedure or task and after each patient contact in accordance with SICP. Hand hygiene must be observed in accordance with SICP and extend to exposed forearms. Long-sleeved disposable hydro-repellent gowns are designed for single use, or for single use in certain circumstances, but should be discarded at the end of a session, or earlier if damaged or soiled. Disposable gloves should be worn during direct patient care, as well as expected or likely contact with blood and other body fluids, including during decontamination of equipment and the environment. Disposable gloves are single use and must be disposed of immediately after completion of a procedure or task and after each patient contact in accordance with SICP, followed by hand hygiene. Coronavirus COVID 19 PPE is available from the ProTrainings PPE store.
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