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What happens to waste PPE during the coronavirus pandemic?

All over the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has seen more and more people admitted to hospital, where the high infection rate of the virus makes use of personal protection equipment (PPE) vital for healthcare workers. PPE includes single-use gloves, aprons and gowns, surgical masks, respirators and face protectors in the form of glasses, goggles or face shields. The type of PPE used depends on the task being performed and the setting. For example, nurses on a COVID-19 ward are advised to wear disposable gloves, an apron, a gown, a respirator and face protection, while community-based carers are advised to wear gloves, aprons and a mask. The thing about hospital-grade PPE is that you can only use it once to avoid the risk of spreading infection or disease. After completing a task, for example a ward round, all single-use PPE is discarded using standard infection control precautions.  Read more....

 

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