The PPE Handbook for Healthcare Facilities

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The PPE Handbook for Healthcare Facilities

Marjorie Quint-Bouzid, MPA, RN

In the tense moments when a healthcare organization first encounters a hazardous situation or patient, proper PPE training is put to use in order to protect the facility’s other occupants and employees while minimizing risk. The only way to ensure your staff is ready for such a situation is through organizationwide awareness and training. The PPE Handbook for Healthcare Facilities, sold in packs of five, is the perfect tool to give staff the knowledge and know-how of proper PPE usage. This handbook clarifies confusing PPE situations as well as when and how to properly implement best practices. Don’t wait to train until after a hazardous situation has already occurred—the time for training and best practices is now!

This handbook offers frontline staff:

  • The proper techniques involved with using PPE
  • Detailed diagrams that demonstrate donning and doffing PPE, identify different kinds of PPE, and delineate where each PPE type is used
  • Information from multiple government resources, such as the CDC and OSHA, presented in an easy-to-use, one-stop reference tool

Table of Contents:

Introduction: Who does PPE really protect? Story with illustrations of the journey of a bug from the source through the bloodstream of the healthcare worker (HCW)

Chapter 1: Types and Purposes of PPE (including a short story with illustrations for each PPE as appropriate)

- Basic protection (gown, gloves)
- Level 1: Minimal risk, to be used, for example, while performing basic care, in standard isolation, or in a standard medical unit
- Level 2: Low risk, to be used, for example, while performing blood draw, suturing, or in the ICU or pathology lab
- Level 3: Moderate risk, to be used, for example, while performing an arterial blood draw, inserting an IV, in the ER, or handling trauma cases
- Level 4: High risk, to be used, for example, during long, fluid-intense procedures, during surgery, or when pathogen resistance is needed or infectious diseases are suspected (non-airborne)
- Surgical isolation gowns

    • Intermediate protection (gown, gloves, mask, shield, goggles, head and foot cover)
    • Advanced protection (Tyvek suits, PAPRS)
    • PPE selection algorithm (including a checklist)

Chapter 2: Donning, Removal, and Disposal of PPE

  • Including special circumstances like males with beards, pregnant females, and very tall staff

Chapter 3: Training

Chapter 4: Why Aren’t More Healthcare Workers Compliant?

Chapter 5: Safety Coaches

Chapter 6: Having Difficult Conversations With Your Peers

Chapter 7: Emerging Trends/Hot Topics

Chapter 8: Stories From the Field

About the Author:

Marjorie Quint-Bouzid, MPA, RN, is vice president of patient care services/CNO and emergency manager for Fort Washington (Maryland) Medical Center. With more than 25 years of inpatient and outpatient clinical nursing experience with more than a decade in nursing administration, she now leads day-to-day operations as a hospital site administrator, establishing the standards of patient care, nursing practices, and performance. Quint-Bouzid has held senior nursing leadership roles in hospitals across the country. She holds a master's degree in public administration with a concentration in public personnel management and a bachelor's degree in nursing and is a board-certified nurse executive.

Published: August 2016

Page count: 76
Dimension: 5.5 x 8.5
ISBN: 978-1-68308-097-8