WHO | Personal protective equipment

Infection prevention and control measures include, among other measures: hand hygiene, personal protective equipment and waste management materials.

The Protective equipment consists of garments placed to protect the health care workers or any other persons to get infected.

These usually consist of standard precautions: gloves, mask, gown. If it is blood or airborne high infections, will include: Face protection, goggles and mask or faceshield, gloves, gown or coverall, head cover, rubber boots. The characteristics of these products will be described in the sections below.

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Personal protective equipment for Ebola

Due to the urgency of the Ebola outbreak and the WHO’s scale up of international response in west Africa, WHO is providing technical information on appropriate available essential medical devices which are indispensable for treatment centres, community-based units and other preventive activities, in affected and neighbouring countries.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is most important in preventing transmission of the Ebola virus not only in treatment centres but also various activities, e.g. cleaning, waste management and safe burials, and community care related to the outbreak.

On the 31 October 2014, WHO updated the Rapid Advice Guideline for Personal Protective Equipment for Ebola response and the technical specifications of the referred equipments, which can be downloaded below:

Innovative Personal Protective Equipment Survey

In order to understand personal protective equipment challenges and to inform innovation related to PPE, if you are a healthcare worker, logistician or procurement specialist with experience in PPE and EVD relief efforts, we kindly request your participation in an online survey found below. Collected responses will serve as a baseline assessment of the global use of PPE for healthcare service delivery in the context of Ebola virus disease (EVD). Please share this link with colleagues who have experience with PPE and EVD relief efforts. Responses will remain anonymous but you may choose to provide contact information should the results from this survey be of interest to you.

Personal protection equipment for Ebola outbreak – Sample of coveralls available on the market

WHO searching for Innovative Personal Protective Equipment

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