What is Personal Protective Equipment?

WHAT IS: Personal Protective Equipment?

Courtesy: www.CertifiedMedicalPlanner.org

On “Level One” Infection Control Practices

By Dr. David E. Marcinko MBA

QUERY: We’ve been hearing about PPE since the start of the Corvid-19 epidemic. But, what is it; really? One of my B-School students recently asked me.

ANSWER: PPE is protective clothing, helmets, goggles, garments or equipment to protect one from injury. The hazards include physical, electrical, heat, chemicals, biological and airborne particulates. It may be worn for occupational safety, health purposes, sports and other recreational activities.

LINK: https://www.amazon.com/Dictionary-Health-Insurance-Managed-Care/dp/0826149944/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1275315485&sr=1-4

INFECTIONS: In terms of high consequence infectious disease control however; we must get a bit more granular in detail.

LINK: http://rcctelemetrytechniciancourse.blogspot.com/2016/03/infection-control-practices.html

HANDS: http://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/the-proper-way-to-wash-your-hands-according-to-the-cdc/ar-BB10wiMY?li=BBnb7Kz

PODCAST: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=ppe&view=detail&mid=D35783502836CD5DD3F2D35783502836CD5DD3F2&FORM=VIRE

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Hand Washing for Healthcare Facilities

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Understanding OSHA Standards

[By Dr. David E. Marcinko; FACFAS, MBA, CPHQ, CMP™]

[By Patricia A. Trites; MPA, CHBC, CHCC, CMP™ (Hon)]

The OSHA Standards for healthcare require that hand washing facilities be readily available to employees.

Definition

Hand washing facilities are defined as a facility providing an adequate supply of:

  • running potable water;
  • antiseptic soap; and
  • single-use disposable towels or hot air drying machines.

Location

The hand washing facilities must be located where the employee will have easy access. This will ensure that the employee will be likely to use the hand washing facility and will minimize the time that the contamination will remain in contact with the employee. In those instances where the provision of hand washing facilities is not feasible, either an appropriate antiseptic hand cleaner (e.g., alcohol-based rinse, antiseptic foam, or antiseptic-impregnated paper wipes) in conjunction with clean cloth or paper towels, or antiseptic towelettes, must be provided.

Soap and Running Water

When using antiseptic hand cleansers or towelettes, the hands must be washed with soap and running water as soon as feasible. Not only must the employer provide the hand washing facilities, he or she must also ensure that employees in fact do wash their hands immediately or as soon as feasible following contact with blood or other potentially infectious material [OPIM].

The employee must also wash his or her hands immediately after removal of gloves or other personal protective equipment [PPE]. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that hand washing occurs. OSHA states that hand washing must be strictly enforced by the employer.

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Assessment

How has OSHA affected your hospital, medical practice or healthcare facility?

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OSHA and Workplace Pathogen Control

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Engineering and Medical Work Practice Controls

By Patricia A. Trites; MPA, CHBC, CHCC, CMP™ (Hon)
Dr. Charles F. Fenton, III; JD, FACFAS
Hope Rachel Hetico; RN, MHA, CMP™

Engineering and medical practice controls are methods used to isolate or remove bloodborne pathogen hazards from the workplace. These practices should be used to eliminate or minimize employee exposure by removing the hazard or isolating the employee from the exposure. However, where occupational exposure remains after institution of these controls, personal protective equipment [PPE] must be employed, as described below.

Engineering Controls

Engineering controls can be described as those an employer purchases and makes available to protect his or her employees. Examples are sharps containers, eye-wash stations, spill-kits, and safer needle systems. It is the employer’s responsibility to implement and maintain a system for ensuring engineering that controls are used. The engineering controls must be examined and maintained or replaced on a regular schedule to ensure their effectiveness. Conducting only an annual review of the engineering controls is inappropriate under the OSHA Standard.

Healthcare Work Practice Controls

Unlike engineering controls, healthcare work practice controls depend upon the behavior of the employee to reduce exposure. Examples are hand washing, utilizing universal precautions, and wearing appropriate PPE. Even with properly implemented work practice controls, exposure can still occur. Some of the engineering and work practice controls that must be addressed (if applicable to the specific healthcare organization) within the employee control plan [ECP] include:

  • hand washing facilities and practices,
  • treatment of sharp instruments,
  • separation of food from contamination,
  • certain procedures in the treatment of contamination,
  • sterilization, and
  • care of equipment.

Assessment

These engineering controls must be examined and maintained or replaced on a regular schedule to ensure their effectiveness. Conducting only an annual review of the engineering controls is inappropriate under the OSHA Standard.

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Conclusion

How has OSHA affected your practice? Or, is it so 1999?

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