Train Staff to Use Personal Protective Equipment
The importance of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) can’t be overstated. Employees must be trained on how to use, store, and dispose of them and when to replace them.
A policy should be in place for PPE that defines how it will be used, stored, and disposed of. Include the following points:
- PPE should provide both protection from exposure and comfort for dental staff.
- PPE must fit properly.
- Staff must wear appropriate gloves when they handle blood or body fluids and at all times while working with a patient.
- All staff members who work with patients need to know how to recognize contaminated items and prevent cross-contamination.