Donning and doffing PPE safely

Due to potential exposure to COVID-19, more health care workers are asked to wear personal protective equipment in a wider variety of settings than ever before. Massachusetts General Hospital offers a video that shows the sequencing for donning (putting on) and doffing (removing) PPE — including respirators, surgical masks, gloves, isolation gowns and eye protection — to prevent transmission of pathogens. The CDC also offers a printable illustration in English and Spanish suitable for hanging in a prominent place in your office or facility. Remember that performing hand hygiene is a key component of proper use of PPE, whether with alcohol-based sanitizers or soap and water.

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