Standard precautions: The role of personal protective equipment

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is specialized clothing worn by healthcare personnel (HCP) for protection against infectious materials. PPE is a safety element used in healthcare delivery that relies on correct and consistent use by HCP. Because of this, it is less effective than replacement or removal of hazards, engineering controls, and administrative controls.

Self-paced
Language: English

Course information

Overview: When used correctly, PPE provides a physical barrier that protects your eyes, nose, mouth, skin, and clothing. Safely putting on, using, and removing PPE during healthcare activities relies on human decision-making and performance; therefore, it is essential to recognize risk of potential exposures and be sure PPE is used correctly and appropriately.

Course duration: 1 hour.

Certificates: A Record of Achievement will be issued to participants who receive at least 70% on the post-test.

What you'll learn

  • Explain how personal protective equipment (PPE) is used in healthcare settings
  • Identify types of PPE and rationale for use
  • Describe how to safely put on, use, and remove PPE

Who this course is for

  • IPC Focal points
  • All frontline health workers

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Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Record of Achievement by earning at least 70% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.