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    5 considerations for personal protective equipment

    Wearing personal protective equipment is crucial, but if you’re not using it correctly, you could be doing more harm than good.

    While personal protective equipment (PPE) is an important weapon in the fight against contamination and infection, all the gloves, masks and gowns in the world won’t protect anyone if they’re not used properly. It may seem simple – just put on the coat; just put on the gloves; just put on the eyewear – but the truth of the matter is that if PPE isn’t worn correctly, then it’ll be of little use.

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    “It’s a balance between using the proper equipment and using the equipment properly,” says Joyce Moore, RDH, an infection control consultant and clinical instructor at Bristol Community College in Fall River, Mass. “PPE is what protects us, and it protects us on many levels.”

    Click through the slides to find out the five considerations for using personal protective equipment.

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    Robert Elsenpeter
    Robert Elsenpeter is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to Dental Products Report and Digital Esthetics. He is also the author ...

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