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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is used by healthcare providers to protect themselves from injury or infection. Lay rescuers should also use PPE to provide protection from infection when assisting victims in an emergency.

CPR Masks
CPR is one of the least used, but most important skills you can have. It's almost as important to be prepared for any CPR emergency. Make sure you have the tools you need to help in an emergency.

Universal Precautions
Professional rescuers follow universal precautions to avoid infection when caring for medical emergency victims. Lay rescuers should do the same.

Sharps Container
Contaminated sharps must be deposited into a puncture-proof container. These containers protect sanitation workers from injury as well as other rescuers.

Eye Protection
Protect your eyes from injury as well as infection by obtaining the correct type of eye protection. Rescuers can choose from combination mask and eye protection that does not provide protection from injury, or they can choose more robust protection. Pick the correct eye protection for you.

Face Masks
Blood or other potentially infectious material sprayed or splashed in the face of a rescuer can enter the mouth or nose and spread an infection. Use a face mask whenever blood or other body fluids may become airborn.

Exam Gloves
Exam gloves come in three common types: latex, nitrile, and vinyl. Many people develop allergies to the protein found in latex. Nitrile and vinyl are much more hypoallergenic. Find out more about exam gloves.

Waterless Hand Cleaner
The best way to prevent the spread of disease is to wash hands with soap and warm water after every contact with a medical victim. Unfortunately, soap and water are not always available. Make sure your medical supplies include a form of waterless hand cleaner.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is used by every healthcare provider to decrease the potential for infection. Here are the most common items used for personal protective equipment.

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