What are the Different Types of PPE for Healthcare Workers?
Personal protective equipment are predominantly worn by healthcare personnel in hospitals, clinics, and other similar healthcare settings to help prevent cross-contamination. They protect the wearer from infections, airborne particulates, pathogens, bacteria, viruses, body fluids, blood and other liquid splashes. They also help protect patients from catching an infection from others surrounding them.
PPE provides different levels of protection depending on the type of hazardous material the healthcare worker, and indeed the patient, are expected to come into contact with. Where the risk of exposure to dangerous or hazardous contaminants is high, the level of protection provided by the worn PPE should be correspondingly high.
PPE used where the risk of exposure to contaminants is high is often regraded as a medical device. It has to meet certain criteria as set by the regulators, and it requires rigorous inspection and testing.
There are two main types of PPE: Reusable PPE, and Single use PPE, also known as disposable PPE. The different types of PPE for Healthcare Workers include:
- Full Body protection;
- Head and scalp protection;
- Hand and arm protection;
- Foot and leg protection;
- Hearing protection;
- Eye protection;
- Respiratory protection;
- Skin protection;
- Height and access protection.