Sessional use of PPE in a social care setting

Sessional use of personal protective equipment is the use of equipment between patients, and the general principles of sessional use of PPE in social care settings and domiciliary care is that equipment that you are wearing above your neck can stay on between patients, and equipment below your neck should be changed between patients.

Your face mask and visor can stay on between patients and healthcare settings, provided you are not touching this equipment. Your gloves and apron should be changed between patients because that equipment has been contaminated by providing close personal care to an individual.

Every time you change personal protective equipment, you also need to pay stringent attention to hand hygiene.

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