Personal protective equipment
Selection of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) should be based on an assessment, according to local guidelines, of the risk of transmission of micro-organisms to the service user, and the risk of contamination of your clothing and skin by service users’ blood, body fluids, secretions or excretions.
Gloves must be worn for invasive procedures, nursing infected service users in isolation, contact with sterile sites and non-intact skin or mucous membranes. As well as all activities that have been assessed as carrying risk of exposure to blood, body fluids, secretions or excretions, or to sharp or contaminated instruments.
Gloves must be worn as single-use item. They must be put on immediately before an episode of service user contact or treatment and removed as soon as the activity is completed. Gloves must be changed between caring for different service users, and between different care or treatment activities on the same Service.
Gloves must be disposed of as clinical waste and hands decontaminated after the gloves have been removed. Your sensitivity to natural rubber latex as well as the patients must be documented, and alternatives to natural rubber latex gloves must be available. If you have a latex allergy you must inform your Recruitment Consultant at Search as soon as possible.
Disposable plastic aprons should be worn when nursing infected patients in isolation and there is a risk that clothing may be exposed to blood, body fluids, secretions or excretions, discounting sweat.
Plastic aprons should be worn as a single-use item, for one procedure or episode of patient care, and then discarded and disposed of as clinical waste.
Full body fluid repellent gowns must be worn where there is a risk of extensive splashing of blood, body fluids, secretions or excretions, onto your skin or clothing.
Face masks and eye protection must be worn where there is a risk of blood, body fluids, secretions or excretions splashing into your face and eyes.
Where PPE is required be worn, they will be provided by the client. Where the service user is in protective isolation, local guidelines and policy must be followed.