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Personal protective equipment is referred to as PPE which is equipment used to reduce exposure to hazards. For communicable disease exposure, PPE is used to prevent contact with dangerous substances. It’s the main part of infection control and prevention measures that shield workers from exposure to body fluids, blood, and other infectious materials. Examples of PPE are gloves and biohazard suits that accommodate physical barriers which stops the skin, hands, eyes, nose, and mouth from coming in contact with infectious agents. Local public health agencies require this equipment to be readily available at all times for use by employees, this helps to reduces transmission of communicable diseases. For example, disposable gloves are worn during direct contact with blood, mucous membranes, bodily fluids also any other potentially infectious material. They are also used for people infected with pathogens transmitted by MRSA, VRE, and RSV when directly touching the patient. These gloves are available in latex, vinyl, and nitrile materials. Vinyl gloves are used for brief patient contact whereas nitrile gloves provide stronger protection for patient care activities or those requiring more manual dexterity. Local health agencies can select either vinyl or nitrile products for their clinical functions.

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