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.