Frontline warriors are at the maximum risk of contracting the Coronavirus or any other biochemical, viral or bacterial hazards based on the situation they are in. We cannot stress enough on the importance of doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers using personal protective equipment (PPE).
Gloves, surgical masks, face visors, aprons, respirator masks, etc., are all examples of PPEs. They are used to ensure that there are no microorganisms transmitted from the healthcare workers to the patients and vice-versa. PPE may also be used by the patient’s family if they are providing direct patient care.
Imagine if there were no PPE kits and each healthcare worker in contact with an affected person ends up contracting the disease as well, what would be the repercussions? The entire healthcare machinery will drop to its knees.
It acts as a barrier between infectious diseases entering the human body of the healthcare workers. Different types of PPE are used for a variety of situations in the healthcare sector to protect from head to toe.
Face Masks like the N95 are extremely useful to fight against harmful airborne pathogens which prevent them from entering the body through the nose or mouth. Chemical splash goggles provide protection against biological splashes in hospitals. Disposable workwear makes sure that no chemical or bio agent is used to protect the body. Face Shields acts as a barrier and provides protection for the eyes, nose and mouth.
It is important that the healthcare workers are given the right PPE depending on the occasion. They should also be trained on how to wear different kinds of PPE, including the correct methods to dispose and store them without causing any contamination. It is imperative that the guidelines of the certified health institutions are followed without fail.
The Covid-19 pandemic has proved how important PPE is for the safety of our healthcare workers.