Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
1. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is specialized clothing or equipment worn to protect someone against a hazard including an infectious disease.
Notes: PPE can range from:
- Face Masks.
- Pair of gloves.
- A combination of gear that might cover some or all of the body.
2. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is barrier protection to be used by an individual to prevent disease transmission. PPE may include gowns, gloves, masks, goggles, or face shields. The type of mask (surgical or produre, N95, or powered, air-purified respirator) is disease-specific and defined in the type of precautions.
(2006, Vermont Department of Health. Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan)