The core skill set you will be expected to learn as part of your CNA training includes an array of health and safety tasks and duties. These health and safety skills and strategies are the cornerstones of Certified Nursing Assistant training, and are the most crucially important tasks to master. One of these key skills is correct use of appropriate PPE.
CNA Training; Properly Using PPE
What is PPE?
PPE stands for Personal Protective Equipment and is equipment designed to shield the user from common hazards in their workplace. Most physically demanding workplaces require the use of some kind of PPE. Personal Protective Equipment is used to minimize risk of injury or infection.
What PPE is used in CNA training and employment?
The PPE used as a CNA can vary from one workplace to another, there are however commonly used and mandatory levels of PPE that all workplaces must provide for those in CNA training and employment. These may include:
- A face mask – To minimise risk of infection or cross contamination via saliva and the mouth
- Goggles – To protect eyes from flying objects and splashes of bodily fluids
- A protective gown – To protect clothes from fluids and contaminants
- Gloves – To protect the hands and prevent contamination
What does PPE in CNA training minimise the risk of?
Many infectious diseases are spread through personal contact or close proximity. Personal protective equipment allows a CNA or student in CNA training to protect their own well fare and the welfare of their patients. Hospitals, clinics and residential care can become rife with infections and viruses if the proper precautions are not undertaken. PPE also ensures that you are providing the best possible care for your patient and will show that you take their health and safety seriously.
What order should I apply and remove my PPE?
1. Unfold the gown, and put on so that the opening is at your back
2. When satisfied with the positioning tie at the waist and neck, fitting the gown as best you can
3. Apply your face mask so that it covers your nose and mouth.
4. Apply goggles so that they protect the eyes
5. Apply gloves, ensure you get the right size, gloves that are too small may break during use
1. Pull on the outer side of the wrist to remove the first glove, turning in inside out a little
2. Repeat with the second glove, pulling from the inside so as not to contaminate the bare skin
3. Discard gloves
4. Pull gown forward and off from the neckline, discard
5. Pull out and remove face mask, discard
6. Remove goggles and discard
7. Wash hands thoroughly
Why is there a specific order to putting on or taking off PPE?
Personal Protective Equipment and the procedures surrounding it are designed to minimise contact with contaminated areas. Observing the correct methods and procedures can help to contain harmful pathogens and decrease the risk of widespread infection across a facility or even an entire community.