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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). 2006 Advanced Practice Centers for Preparedness Training Conference. Objectives. Define PPE Select appropriate PPE components for an incident Don and doff Level C PPE. What is PPE?. Personal Protective Equipment

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personal protective equipment ppe

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

2006 Advanced Practice Centers for Preparedness Training Conference

NACCHO 02-2006

objectives
Objectives
  • Define PPE
  • Select appropriate PPE components for an incident
  • Don and doff Level C PPE
what is ppe
What is PPE?
  • Personal Protective Equipment
    • 4 levels based originally on Haz Mat definitions
    • Based on OSHA requirement for making the worker safe
    • Two overall categories
      • Airway protection
      • Barrier protection
    • All come with Advantages and Limitations
garments and barriers
Garments and Barriers
  • Fully encapsulated suits
  • Splash/droplet (includes vapor)
  • Gloves
  • Boots
  • Eye protection
level d
Level D
  • Your usual work clothes
level c
Level C
  • Air-Purifying Respirator (APR) (NIOSH-certified)
  • Resp. Protection: Carefully Selected Vapors and Aerosols
  • Hooded, Splash Protective Chemical Resistant Suit
  • Clothing Protection: Liquids and Solids
level b
Level B
  • SCBA or SAR (Supplied Air Respirator) with Escape (NIOSH-certified)
  • Resp. Protection: Gas, Vapor, Aerosol, O2 Deficient Atmospheres
  • Splash Protective Chemical Resistant Suit
  • Clothing Protection: Solids Liquids
level a
Level A
  • SCBA (NIOSH-certified)
  • Resp. Protection Against: Gases, Vapors, Aerosols, Oxygen Deficient Atmospheres
  • Vapor-protective Fully Encapsulated Suit
  • Clothing Protection Against: Gas, Vapor, Liquid, Solid
ppe for hospital staff
PPE for Hospital Staff
  • Level C for Hospital Decontamination
    • Non-IDLH atmosphere
    • Inexpensive
    • Greatest mobility
  • Afterwards - Level D for Patient care activity
  • Accepted by American Hospital Association and OSHA
  • Exception - if the hospital is the event site
what if i am caught without ppe
What if I am caught without PPE?
  • Get out and get away as fast as possible!
  • If all else fails and you have nothing else:
    • Double layer T-shirt over nose & mouth
  • Effective for:
    • Many biological agents
    • Some types of radiation
  • Less effective for:
    • Many chemical agents
ppe summary
PPE Summary
  • Level A/B only for specialized situations
    • Not for the lay person (hospital workers, Public Health, EMS/Police)
    • Need much training
    • Including annual fit testing
  • Level D normal work gear
ppe summary1
PPE Summary
  • Except for rare cases, Level C will be the best choice for a known element, especially in healthcare
    • Highly contagious medical care
    • Decontamination line
    • Open area assessment for triage
thank you questions
Thank You! Questions?

Now, let’s suit up and try it out!