Union Health Ministry declares guidelines related to PPE usage

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Union Health Ministry declares guidelines related to PPE usage

New PPE Guidelines from Health Ministry

Monday, 4th May 2020

On this Friday; i.e. 1st of May, 2020 Union Health Ministry came up with guidelines with regard to the rational and practical usage of PPE or Personal Protective Equipment by the health staffs employed in the non-covid treatment domains and hospitals. The ministry declared that healthcare personnel working in the high-risk zones like the hospital emergency care departments or even those handling patients struck by acute and severe respiratory dysfunction in the ambulance should stay in guard through attire that strictly matches the specified PPE guidelines. The complete PPE ensemble should include the following items:

  • N-95 Mask
  • Nitrile Examination gloves
  • Goggles
  • Shoe covers
  • Coveralls


The ministry also stated that health workers working in the moderate risk belts like ICU, Labor room, diagnostic clinic, lab, OT, dental clinic etc should have the following items in their protective ensemble:

  • Medical mask containing 3 layers
  • Goggles
  • Face shield
  • Sterile gloves made of latex


Furthermore, it was told by the ministry that the healthcare staffs working in the hospital zones of mild risk like blood bank, ward room, pharmacy, doctor chamber, help desk, counter, radio diagnostic rooms etc should put on a garb that includes the following items:

  • Medical mask containing 3 layers
  • Sterile gloves made of latex


Also, the ministry stated that healthcare personnel working in low risk belts can wear just a mask as part of the PPE ensemble

The ministry has also advised the healthcare workers to adopt standard precautionary measures, follow proper respiratory hygiene and not use the PPEs as a substitute to basic preventive healthcare.



Source: Times of India

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