Does PPE represents something different in the medical sector?. This is where this question, “What does PPE stand for in medical terms” comes from.
What is PPE in health setting – PPE is said to be a “specialized clothing or equipment worn by an employee for protection against infectious materials” (OSHA).
OSHA issues regulations for workplace health and safety. These regulations require use of PPE in healthcare settings to protect healthcare personnel from exposure to bloodborne pathogens and Mycobacterium tuberculosis. However, under OSHA’s General Duty Clause PPE is required for any potential infectious disease exposure.
Employers must provide their employees with appropriate PPE and ensure that PPE is disposed or, if reusable, that it is properly cleaned or laundered, repaired and stored after use.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues recommendations for when and what PPE should be used to prevent exposure to infectious diseases. This
presentation will cover those recommendations, beginning with the hierarchy of safety and health controls.
Types of PPE Used in Healthcare Settings
• Gloves – Protect hands
• Gowns/aprons – Protect skin and/or clothing
• Masks and respirators– protect mouth/nose
– Respirators – protect respiratory tract from airborne
• Goggles – Protect eyes
• Face shields – Protect face, mouth, nose, and eyes
From the definition of PPE in the health sector, there is no difference between the meaning of PPE in the health sector and the general definition of PPE as all PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) serves the same purpose to protect from exposure and/or reduce the impact of exposure.
The only difference exists in the types of PPE which is specific for different purpose. For instance, the Hard hat, safety boots, etc, may not be relevant in Health care.
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