Personal protective equipment (PPE) is the equipment needed to protect you and other healthcare workers from becoming infected with coronavirus. Please ensure you consult your PPE Checklist when deciding what PPE to use in which situation.
To ensure you protect yourself as best you can from being infected with the virus, there is a recommended sequence in which you should put your PPE on (donning) and take it off (doffing). Following a correct doffing procedure is especially crucial – it is the most important step in preventing infection transmission. When you remove your PPE, assume that there is some virus on your PPE and so remove it in a way that will protect your clothing, skin and mucous membranes from contamination. If you suspect that you have been in contact with someone with Covid, be extra careful and sanitise your hands after each piece of equipment that you remove.
It is important to use and dispose of your mask correctly. This will help reduce the risk of transmission. When using your mask remember to:
When you get home, place your uniform or work clothes in a washing basket immediately. Wash your hands after removing your clothes. Wash the clothes in hot water if possible (60°C). Ensure your cell phone has been cleaned.
There is no doubt in my mind that we will prevail. This is because South Africans have come together like never before to wage the struggle against this virus, together.