PPE in healthcare settings

July 17, 2020

Personal Protective Equipment or PPE as it is known in short has been a worldwide topic of discussion since the Coronavirus global pandemic this year. Providing adequate protection for our front line workers has been the key to ensuring they can battle the virus and stay safe. Some countries have struggled to obtain the correct amount while others have maintained good stock.

What is PPE?

PPE is used to protect health care workers while performing specific tasks that might involve them coming into contact with blood or body fluids that may contain some infectious agents (germs). All items are single use and must be discarded after they have been used. The purpose of the PPE is to ensure at no point are you passing germs on to others, that’s why it is vital to dispose of them in the correct manner. All healthcare settings have policies and protocols in place to ensure that you wear the PPE at the correct time and safely.

Some examples of PPE are:

  • Eye protection – Safety spectacles, goggles, face screens, face shields, visors
  • Head and neck protection – Industrial safety helmets, bump caps, hairnets and firefighters’ helmets
  • Lung protection – simple filtering face pieces and respirators and power-assisted respirators, fresh-air hose, compressed airline and self-contained breathing apparatus

Why is PPE so important?

Making the workplace safe includes providing instructions, procedures, training and supervision to encourage people to work safely and responsibly. Even where engineering controls and safe systems of work have been applied, some hazards might remain. PPE is needed to reduce the extra risks and ensure that workers stay safe.

A study carried out by the Canadian Medical association shows the effectiveness of the of N95 masks and the importance of how they protect healthcare workers. N95 masks compared with medical masks in preventing viral respiratory infections have been proven more effective. They also discuss how the quantity of PPE worn does not increase its effectiveness  “More is not necessarily better: for Ebola, critical errors remained more common in enhanced versus basic PPE regimens despite training,” writes the Canadian Medical Journal.

How is PPE being used to fight COVID-19?

There has been an increase in the need for PPE caused by the COVID-19 pandemic which has therefore caused PPE shortages around the world. This PPE has helped protect many front line workers from contracting or passing on coronavirus. Patients with confirmed or possible COVID-19 infection wear a face mask when being evaluated medically and healthcare workers wear the correct PPE when caring for those patients with the infection.

Our Registered Nurses and Carers at Cavendish Homecare

We have implemented all necessary changes following all the precautions and guidelines set by the government and Health Standards Executive (HSE). All of our Registered Nurses and Carers follow stringent guidelines to ensure the safety of our client/patient and their families. Our Registered Nurses and Carers are provided with ample PPE as well as follow a strict hygiene routine from regular hand washing, cleaning and sterilising of equipment, through to changing of clothes and arranging safe travel to and from patient homes. At every step of the home care service we ensure risk assessments and duty of care is carried out to the highest levels.

At Cavendish Homecare, we aim to keep up to date with the latest current development and news of COVID-19 Take a read of some of our other blogs on All you need to know about COVID-19 , our COVID-19 Homecare Q+A and read about Live-In Care during COVID-19.

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