Rationale for donning PPE in correct order?

  1. Is there a rationale for the order in which you are supposed to don PPE?
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  3. by   klone
    Yes, there is. Can you explain why that might be?
  4. by   Capp
    No. If I heard a rationale at some point in the past, I don't remember what it is, and it doesn't make sense to me that the order should matter.
  5. by   klone
    Take a stab at it. Why would order matter. Think about removal.
  6. by   Capp
    I don't see why it would matter whether you put on your gloves before your mask or vice versa.
  7. by   klone
    Putting ON gloves before mask, no.

    For some things, order of donning dictates order of removal. Do you understand why that might be important?
  8. by   Davey Do
    Quote from klone
    For some things, order of donning dictates order of removal. Do you understand why that might be important?
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  9. by   AJJKRN
  10. by   KRVRN
    Gloves have to go on after the hat and mask because touching your hair or face contaminates your gloves. So hat and mask go on with clean hands, then hand hygiene and then gown and gloves.

    For removal the dirty gloves come off before touching your hat and mask because you risk contaminating your hair and face with your dirty gloves. So gloves off (gown usually at the same time), then hand hygiene, then hat and mask come off with clean hands. Then hand hygiene again because you just touched your hair and face.
  11. by   Capp
    Quote from KRVRN
    Gloves have to go on after the hat and mask because touching your hair or face contaminates your gloves. So hat and mask go on with clean hands, then hand hygiene and then gown and gloves.

    For removal the dirty gloves come off before touching your hat and mask because you risk contaminating your hair and face with your dirty gloves. So gloves off (gown usually at the same time), then hand hygiene, then hat and mask come off with clean hands. Then hand hygiene again because you just touched your hair and face.
    That's a good point. If you put on gloves before mask then there's a risk of transferring germs from your ears to your gloves.
  12. by   Capp
    Alternatively, you could rub hand sanitizer on your ears. Perform ear hygiene.
  13. by   caliotter3
    Quote from Capp
    Alternatively, you could rub hand sanitizer on your ears. Perform ear hygiene.
    Here's one for you Davey!
  14. by   Davey Do
    Quote from Capp
    Alternatively, you could rub hand sanitizer on your ears. Perform ear hygiene.
    Quote from caliotter3
    Here's one for you Davey!
    Thank you for that introduction, caliotter!

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