Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits have taken over our outdoor outfits. Keeping this in mind, read this easy guide on how to safely dispose it off without getting infected. By Bayar Jain

 

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Personal protective equipment (PPE) is a phrase that’s engraved in our minds now, with many relying on these gears to protect themselves while travelling. These consist of helmets, goggles, masks, gloves, face shields or other garments that protect the wearer from contracting the virus. Made of impenetrable substances, these gears are great for safeguarding against harmful viruses such as the Coronavirus. However, merely donning the suit may not be enough. While the equipment protects any harmful substances from permeating through the cloth, it continues to linger on the surface. It’s because of this the risk of catching the virus while removing a PPE kit is just as dangerous, and could lead to infection if not handled properly. Here’s a quick guide on how to remove and dispose off these gears carefully, as suggested by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Step 1: Prepare the environment, and wash your hands

A PPE kit must always be removed under the guidance of a trained professional. A separate area, ideally a sanitised environment, must be identified. Separate containers should be available to store reusable items. Wash your hands thoroughly, without removing the gloves.

Step 2: Undress your robe or apron

Lean forward slightly, and remove your disposable apron ensuring your hands don’t get contaminated in the process. To remove the apron or robe, tear it off at the neck, and roll it down, followed by untying the back and rolling it forward.

Step 3: Cater to your hands

 

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Wash your hands thoroughly again, and remove the first layer of the gloves. Ensure proper disposal. To remove these gloves, first, pull one glove upwards and out. For the other hand, slide a finger under the glove, and remove it with minimal contact. Wash your gloved hands again.

Step 4: Headgear removal

Starting from the bottom of your hood at the back, and rolling it to the front (inside to outside), take it off. Dispose safely, and wash your gloved hands again.

Step 5: Remove your gown

Untie the knot, and start removing the gown from the back rolling it from inside to outside. Ensure proper and safe disposal. Don’t forget to wash your gloved hands again!

Step 6: Free those peepers

Remove your eye protection by pulling the strings, dispose it off safely, and wash your gloved hands.

Step 7: Say bye-bye to your mask (for now!)

 

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The mask removal follows next. Start by untying the bottom string above the head and leave it hanging in the front. Then, untie the top string, dispose off safely, and wash your hands.

Step 8: Remove your shoes, if needed

In case you’re wearing rubber shoes or overshoes, remove the same without touching it.

Step 9: Wash your hands one last time

Wash your gloved hands thoroughly, and remove it in the same manner as before. Wash your ungloved hands, and you’re done!

Disposal

 

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As per a report by The Indian Expresswhen disposing off a PPE kit, all biomedical waste, including masks, gloves and PPE kits should be disposed in a yellow bag. Upon disposal, the area should also be sanitised with sodium chloride.

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