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Sequence for Doffing PPE

Q: I disagree with your training tips on removing PPE equipment as stated in your July/August 2006 OSHA Watch issue. We have always been taught to remove the gown first. If you remove the gloves first, contaminates from the gown will contaminate the hands. I guess it matters if you have someone to untie the strings on the gown for you. You should also add training tip #4 - Wash your hands. Should be a given but unfortunately not everyone does it when they should.

A: Thanks for contacting us with your concerns regarding donning and doffing PPE. We took our information directly from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which you can see at the following link: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dhqp/pdf/ppe/ppeposter148.pdf. It makes a great poster for hanging in your facility. Please contact me if you wish to discuss. Thanks again for your input!

Posted by Quality America on March 16, 2007 | Comments (2)


Would the sequence change if the gown was not tied in the back but had snaps? We mask,gown, glove nad use gloves for obtaining throat swabs? What sequence would you suggest?

Thank you

Posted by: Sherry Whipple at April 3, 2007 02:32 PM

Hi Sherry,
The same sequence would apply to gowns that snap in the back.

Posted by: Dr. Sheila Dunn at April 4, 2007 02:46 PM

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