Personal Protective Equipment and Covid-19 | NEJM Video 20 May, 2020

Given the threat of coronavirus disease 2019, or Covid-19, it is important to emphasize the use of proper precautions for infection control in health care settings. Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2, is the virus that causes Covid-19.1 The routes of SARS-CoV-2 transmission include direct contact — that is, contact with the respiratory droplets and aerosols from an affected person — and indirect contact, such as contact with contaminated surfaces or supplies.2

The best way for health care workers to prevent infection with SARS-CoV-2 is through training and demonstrated competency in putting on and removing, also known as donning and doffing, personal protective equipment (PPE). Various methods of putting on and removing PPE may be acceptable; you should follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (or CDC) and your institution.

This video demonstrates a procedure for putting on and removing one type of PPE that has been recommended by the CDC for use in U.S. hospitals to minimize the risk of exposure to infectious material during the care of patients with Covid-19.

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