What is it about?

This article directs the reader to resources and guidance around the correct use of PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic. A summary of basic requirements for PPE is given alongside further links to resources for a variety of clinical situations.

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Why is it important?

Supply of PPE has been an issue at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic. This article enables the reader to be clear of the requirements and provides further resources in order to practice safely in the context of COVID-19.

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Supply and demand of PPE has been at issue at the forefront of the current pandemic. Effective supply and correct use of PPE will ensure risks to healthcare workers are minimised. We have already seen the disproportionately high number of deaths due to COVID-19 of front line healthcare workers with speculated links to PPE supply and use. This article enables the reader to be clear of the requirements for effective PPE given their clinical context and also provides guidance as to the safe use of this equipment. In a fast paced situation, a summary of PPE will support nurses to maintain the highest levels of safety during their daily work.

Charlotte Gordon
Northumbria University

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This page is a summary of: Use of personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic, British Journal of Nursing, July 2020, Mark Allen Group, DOI: 10.12968/bjon.2020.29.13.748.
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