PPE Best Practices

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is essential every day in several industries, including the food industry, pharmaceutical industry, and medical system. Still, PPE has recently been put in the public spotlight over the past year due to COVID. With supply chain shortages running rampant and the delta variant forcing several regions to return to masks, quality PPE has become hard to come by in a time of desperate need.

Quality PPE helps protect your organization and patients, but there is more to successful protective gear than simply choosing high-caliber products. In fact, even the highest quality of PPE can be spoiled or rendered useless from improper use. Following some simple best practices regarding correct and consistent PPE use can help your organization go the extra step to help ensure safety for all. 

Masks

Always make sure your hands are clean when putting on a fresh mask. Ensure that your mask is well-fitted and snug against your face. Select a mask with a nose clip or wire, like the ones we offer, because this helps secure it more efficiently. A tight fit is important, as any air gaps can allow respiratory droplets to leak in and out of the sides and cause contamination.

Facial hair can sometimes make mask wearing difficult. If you have a beard, you may want to use a beard cover in addition to a mask to improve the fit. Our beard covers feature a plastic fastening and offer perfect ventilation, high mechanical resistance, and low flammability. They repel liquids and do not fray or shed.

It’s also vital to choose a mask made with multiple layers and significant filtration to provide a more thorough barrier. Our 3-ply face masks offer a Bacterial Filtration Efficiency of >98%, to provide increased protection.

To avoid contamination from patient to patient, use each disposable facemask only once.

Gloves

Gloves are some of the most frequently used PPE items. Those who see multiple patients or handle many foreign objects will change their gloves dozens of times each day. According to guidelines by The World Health Organization (WHO), gloves should be worn during all patient-care activities that may involve exposure to blood and all other body fluids. 

A close-fitting glove is important for proper protection, so finding the right size is a must. Always follow the correct gloving procedure, starting with clean hands and making sure not to contaminate your gloves by touching doors, countertops, or other surfaces. You should also avoid touching your face or adjusting gloves with contaminated hands. 

If a glove is punctured or soiled in any way, it should be changed immediately and followed by a thorough hand cleaning process. Take care when removing gloves to prevent unnecessary contamination by removing them at the wrist and turning them inside out as you roll them down and off your hand. Never reuse single-use gloves, and always dispose of them safely as designated by your organization.

Are you looking for quality PPE at fair prices? Don’t settle for sub-par products. We offer quality gowns, coveralls, bouffant caps, shoe covers, masks, and more which are all critical to increased staff and patient safety. Download our catalog for a list of available products and reach out to a STEWART Medical representative today to receive a quote for your organization.

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