In this edition of the First Aid Show, we will quote exactly what is on the gov.uk website regarding the recommendations for PPE Coronavirus COVID 19 and disposable aprons, gowns and gloves in healthcare.
Disposable plastic aprons must be worn to protect staff uniform or clothes from contamination when providing direct patient care and during environmental and equipment decontamination.
Long-sleeved disposable fluid repellent gowns must be worn when a disposable plastic apron provides inadequate cover of staff uniform or clothes 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 higher risk areas or in operative procedures. If non-fluid-resistant gowns are used, a disposable plastic apron should be worn. If extensive splashing is anticipated then use of additional fluid repellent items may be appropriate.
Disposable aprons are subject to single-use and must be disposed of immediately after completion of a procedure or task and after each patient contact as per SICPs. Hand hygiene should be practised as per SICPs and extended to exposed forearms. Long-sleeved disposable fluid repellent gowns are for a single-use or for single session use in certain circumstances but should be discarded at the end of a session or earlier if damaged or soiled.
Disposable gloves must be worn when providing direct patient care and when exposure to blood and or other body fluids is anticipated or likely, including during equipment and environmental decontamination. Disposable gloves are subject to single-use and must be disposed of immediately after completion of a procedure or task and after each patient contact, as per SICPs, followed by hand hygiene.