PPE Protocol

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This page describes protocol, or, how to do things with QueerCare. You should check how to read protocol well if you're new to QueerCare.

This protocol describes how to selecte PPE for

When to use PPE

PPE is always used when doing care. This can be anything from appropriate clothes, gloves, or something more specialised.

Selecting PPE for a given situation is not about deciding whether to use PPE, but thinking about the situation and deciding what PPE is appropriate.

How to use PPE

  • You must put on Glove protocol gloves if there's the slightest chance you'll come into contact with a casualty, and you still should do so even if you won't.
  • You must check you are appropriately dressed. Hypothermia or heatstroke can make you another patient, so make sure you're dressed appropriately.
  • Consider the risk of a head injury. You could consider putting on a Bump cap or other head protection if you think you will.
  • Consider other specialised risks, such as flying fragments which need goggles, heavy impacts, which need spine protection, or sharps, which may need a sharps bin or needle-proof gloves.
  • If you're not wearing Pink, or a Lanyard, consider putting these on to reduce the risk of you being targeted or interrupted while doing first aid.

What to do after using PPE

After using PPE, you must dispose of or clean anything which has come into contact with bodily fluids, or fomite infected casualties in a clinical waste bag for incineration.

Disposable items which has not come into contact with fomites of bodily fluids can be disposed of in a normal bin.