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Donning and doffing PPE the mnemonic way

Do your employees find it difficult to remember the order in which they should put on and take off PPE?

The CDC recommended order [1] for donning items is not the same as for doffing PPE used for protection from bloodborne pathogens or in isolation precautions settings.

Use the mnemonic tip suggested by Susan E. Sammons, RN, at Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation in Pomona, NJ:

Don PPE from the bottom up:

  1. Gown
  2. Mask
  3. Goggles
  4. Gloves (when raised above the head)

Doff PPE in alphabetical order:

  1. Gloves
  2. Goggles
  3. Gown
  4. Mask

Staff members have responded positively to having a graphic/mnemonic reminder at each PPE dispensing station, says Sammons.

You can see a sample of the PPE dispenser posters and quick-recall wallet cards, which Sammons sells through RapidRecalling.com [2].

Also, check out the free PPE-related downlaods under the Bloodborne Pathogens and Personal Protective Equipment heading on the Tools page. [3]

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