Tuesday, March 17, 2020

How to take off your PPE after caring for COVID-19 patients

The first time I walked into a the room of a patient with suspected COVID-19 I was very methodical with every step. I had done my required reading. I had an N95, a face shield over that, a hair net, the stupid yellow contact gown, double gloves. At the same time I felt naked. I had seen the people on TV and in other countries in basically hazmat suits. The uncertainty was driving me bonkers but I needed to take care of the patient ASAP. The nurse and I got everything together and we went in. We took care of the patient. When it was time to come out, the same methodical steps took place. But somewhat in reverse. It’s hot in there with all that gear when you have to put on the sterile gown for procedures and the sterile gloves on top of my double gloves. Since the I have walked into a number of rooms and am getting the feeling that this is going to be the new normal for the next few months. I felt it was important to do a second post today to share the CDC guidelines on how to put on and take off the personal protective equipment. I have attached the images from this as well. Feel free to share with your friends.

I was inspired to create this post after seeing @doctorwarsgame’s similar post. I must give him credit. I also sent meme, as I am not someone who creates them on this medium, to @bedsideroundz for his approval. He actually was the one who suggested that I use it to teach people the correct way to do it.

Thank you all for your support.

CDC Guidelines for Healthcare Personnel PDF

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