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Guidance for the use of PPE in care homes

Published On: 31st July 2020

Guidance for the use of PPE in care homes

Public Health England updated their guidance on the use of PPE in care homes. The guidance is aimed at care workers, working in care homes, during the current period of sustained COVID-19 transmission. As a result, they aim to protect residents and staff within care homes.

The resource incorporates recommendations on the use of surgical masks. Relating to all areas of care homes, to further reduce the risk of infection.

We have provided some helpful snippets of the guidance below specifically relating to PPE use in care homes. You can read the full report on PPE guidance for care homes here.

The below table outlines the recommended PPE items that should be worn when providing close personal care*. Inclusive of this is when in direct contact with resident(s) OR within 2 meters of any resident who is coughing.

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*Examples of personal care include assisting with getting in/out of bed, feeding, dressing, bathing, grooming, toileting, applying dressings etc. Additionally, when unintended contact with residents is likely (e.g. when caring for residents with challenging behaviour).

It is worth noting, PPE is only effective when worn properly as well as when put on and taken off safety. It is equally important to combine this with hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene.

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Frequently asked questions

Part of the guidance includes frequently asked questions and the answers from Public Health England. We have collated the questions specifically relating to the guidance of PPE in care homes which you can read here.