Healthcare associated infections (HAIs) are the most common complication for patients in health care settings. Controlling the spread of infection requires a multipronged strategy and the use of personal protective equipment is a critical element of the strategy.
Personal protective equipment, or PPE, along with hand hygiene are two of the most commonly used, cost effective elements of standard precautions. They are integral to all infection prevention measures but unfortunately are neglected.
Protective measures are an individual responsibility. All healthcare workers have an individual responsibility to properly use PPE at the appropriate times. This module explains the common PPE used in healthcare, and when and how to use it.
At the end of this module participants will be able to: