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Top to Bottom Coverage: The Role of Headwear and Shoe Coverings

From newscasts to fictional medical dramas, masks and gloves get most of the attention. But headwear and shoe covers play a critical role in infection control and protecting healthcare workers and patients alike. When it comes to preventing the spread of disease or protecting yourself or others’ health, you’d never think twice about grabbing a… Read more »

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Optimizing Face Mask Protection Through Proper Sizing, Fit and Use

While ASTM ratings, material choices, and overall design can give you an indication of protection levels offered by a mask, ensuring proper mask fit is essential to maximizing protective benefits. Masks are an excellent example of how external factors can impact the performance of personal protective equipment (PPE) and why having a thorough understanding of… Read more »

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Medical vs Non-Medical Masks: Considerations to Optimize Protection

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While all masks offer some level of protection, understanding what separates medical masks from non-medical masks is a critical consideration when sourcing PPE. Events in 2020 have thrust the protective benefits of medical masks and other PPE into the public spotlight. These events have required healthcare facilities to consider the best ways to protect their… Read more »

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Considerations When Choosing Medical Gloves

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Materials and design have a huge impact on glove performance. If you’re looking to optimize both functionality and protection, be sure to consider these characteristics. Medical gloves are a critical part of safety and hygiene routines in medical facilities of all sizes. Recent events have also thrust hand hygiene protocols and the importance of PPE… Read more »

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Optimizing Gown Protection Through Proper Donning and Doffing Procedures

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Ensuring maximum protection every time with a simple routine to avoid contamination & exposure As one of the most commonly used pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to minimize exposure to pathogens for healthcare workers, single-use gowns are an affordable, effective part of controlling infectious disease spread in healthcare facilities of any size. However, proper… Read more »

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The Importance of PPE in Preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections

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How Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) offers an affordable, simple-to-implement foundation for management and prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) A 2015 presentation from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) on the Canadian Nosocomial Infection Surveillance Program (CNISP) notes HAIs are a significant cost source, estimating CDI, MRSA, and surgical site infections alone account for more… Read more »

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Best Practices to Prevent the Spread of Infection

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Simple Steps You Can Take to Reduce Infection Risks With the rapid spread of COVID-19, infection prevention is top-of-mind for many and we all have an important role in helping to flatten the curve. Viruses are easily spread by common human activity; therefore, a large part of avoiding infection is to limit our potential exposure…. Read more »