There are many types of protective gear that can be used to shield you from a BBP. Below we have listed several examples of commonly used protective gear that is readily available.
Gloves are considered the minimal and most basic level of protective equipment. There are several types of gloves that can be used to protect you from a BBP. When rendering first aid or addressing a wound, latex medical gloves are most practical. When cleaning a contaminated area, utility gloves are most practical. Unlike disposable gloves such as latex medical gloves, utility gloves can be decontaminated and reused. A special procedure should be implemented when removing gloves.
Removing Latex Gloves
Pull the outside of the glove near the wrist (cuff) area
Peel downwards, away from the wrist, turning the glove inside-out
Pull the glove away until it is removed from the hand and hold the inside-out glove with the gloved hand
With your ungloved hand, slide two fingers under the wrist of the remaining glove (do not touch the outside of the glove when doing this)
Peel downwards, away from the wrist, turning the glove inside out
Pull the glove down and over the inside-out glove being held in your gloved hand
Both gloves should be inside out, one glove inside the other
After removing the gloves, the rescuer should properly dispose of them and wash his/her hands.
Caps and gowns are most commonly disposable and are used to protect the head and body from BBPs. Caps and gowns may be re-used if non-disposable and properly decontaminated.
Goggles and face shields are used to protect the eyes and face from BBPs. Goggles and face shields may be re-used if properly decontaminated.
Face masks are used to protect the face (mostly the nose and mouth) from BBPs. Paper face masks are usually disposable and should not be reused.
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