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Double gloving protects when removing PPE

OSHA Healthcare Connection, August 26, 2008

A CDC recommendation for personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect healthcare workers may not be as effective as it could be, according to an article in the August Emerging Infectious Diseases.

 

"Virus Transfer from Personal Protective Equipment to Healthcare Employees' Skin and Clothing," found that the current protocol for removing PPE often resulted in virus transfer to hands and clothing.

The article recommends double gloving and tucking gown sleeves under the glove to eliminate the sequence when unprotected hands remove goggles, respirators, and gowns.

 

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