Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) New Published Guidance for Health and Social Care Staff
The UK Government has produced new guidance on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) equipment for health and social care staff. This supercedes the previous guidance and is updated to reflect the changing level of risk of healthcare exposure to COVID-19.
The main changes are:
enhanced PPE recommendations for a wide range of health and social care contexts
inclusion of individual and organisational risk assessment at local level to inform PPE use
recommendation of single sessional (extended) use of some PPE items
re-usable PPE can be used. Advice on suitable decontamination arrangements should be obtained from the manufacturer, supplier or local infection control
guidance for when case status is unknown and SARS-CoV-2 is circulating at high levels