If a person diagnosed COVID Positive this time, then they’re directly suggested to isolate themselves as “quarantine” to protect others, and so do themselves. What about that patient is old enough to not look after him/herself? They need someone to assist them, and help them with washing, and cleaning, right?
Have you ever wondered how these patients have cared for in hospitals especially if admitted to the COVID ward? They all have one uniform wearing which even doctors and nurses look equal, that is protective coveralls suit along with gloves, and double facial masks.
This is how protection is embraced, and care against COVID is practiced for self–protection. This unique outerwear highlights, and somehow spreads the terrific vibes of the COVID ward in hospitals from which every individual seeks refuge.
With regards to this particular role of a protective suit and surgical isolation gown for surgeries, let’s take an in-depth analysis of what major function and usage does this personal protective equipment has to offer in this pandemic
Personal Protective Equipment function & Usage
We all have heard the term PPE, the “Personal Protective Equipment”which is a basic asset for any person belonging to a health care team; be it a hospital or clinic. This is critically important to your safety, as well as for patient safety.
What does it include? The personal protective equipment includes; gowns, gloves, goggles, face shield, and masks. Also, it can be one of these or multiple pieces of this; even maybe a complete set – depending on the type of precautions your patient need, and what disease, or medical problem they’re going through.
Now, the question is, what is the major role of PPE in health care, or even this time of pandemic? Well, it mainly includes two major benefits;
First – PPE protects individual of the health care team, and kind of puts a barrier between you and the patient (infectious germs surround the patient)
Second – the protective equipment also protects patients by stopping or preventing further circulation of infections; that’s why with certain precautions, you put on the gear before going to the room, but you take it off before leaving the room so you don’t spread it to other people
That’s an example with contact or droplet precautions. Always remember the difference with airborne particles, you need to ensure you exit the room and close the door before putting off your facial mask. Hence, when you’re thinking about PPE in certain precautions, you ought to know what type of precaution you need.
However, the biggest, yet the major role of protective coverall suit, gowns, and other personal protective equipment is, to protect you as a health care member, and to protect your patients from catching or spreading this infection to them
Types of PPE – Personal Protective Equipment
The type of ppe varies with the type of precautions that are required as per the precaution, but here comes another question, what if a patient has a droplet infection? Do we need a surgical mask, and to be within three feet distance from a patient? What if they have an airborne infection? Then you need to have a particulate respirator, not a surgical mask
You’re also going to need a negative pressure isolation room whenever possible. As far as in case of pandemic is concerned, the notion of negative isolation pressure is to keep those bugs out of the ventilation system from the rest of the facility.