Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • A Retrospect: PPE Use Then and Now
    In the days of home births, hot water and clean towels - gloves for use during patient exams began during the 1760s when physicians used obstetric gloves made from sheep intestines for vaginal exams in Germany. It wasn’t until the 1840s when Charles Goodyear patented ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in Articles
  • For Ebola Healthcare Workers, How PPE is Removed Poses Risk of Deadly Exposure, Experts Caution
    A team of American infectious disease and critical care experts is alerting colleagues caring for Ebola patients that how they remove their personal protective gear can be just as crucial as wearing it to prevent exposure to the deadly virus. In a commentary published ...More
    September 10, 2014 Posted in News
  • Some HCWs Lack Gear to Protect From HIV, Other Bloodborne Infections
    Healthcare workers in some of the world's poorest countries lack basic equipment to shield them from HIV and other bloodborne infections during surgical and other procedures, new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests. The findings ...More
    August 26, 2014 Posted in News
  • IOM to Hold Workshop on Powered Air-Purifying Respirators
    The National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) is supporting the Institute of Medicine (IOM)’s public workshop on powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs). This workshop will be held Aug. 7-8, 2014 at the Keck Center of the National Academies ...More
    July 25, 2014 Posted in News
  • Back to Basics: The PPE Primer
    This Pulse explains the basics of personal protective equipment (PPE), including identifying key pieces of PPE in the healthcare environment and outlining donning and doffing techniques that uphold infection control principles and practices. ...More
    July 21, 2014 Posted in Digital Issues
  • Study Says Reusable Protective Eyewear Can Increase Infection Risk
    TIDI Products, LLC, a leading manufacturer of single-use infection-prevention products for medical and dental markets, announces today the publication of a scientific paper in American Journal of Infection Control. The report, “Eyewear contamination levels in the ...More
    April 10, 2014 Posted in News
  • Vestagen Advocates for HCWs to 'Keep the Coat' as a First Line of Defense Against Contaminants
    To draw attention to the role healthcare worker attire can play in transmitting pathogens, Vestagen Technical Textiles, Inc. has launched a “Keep the Coat” awareness campaign. The effort intends to bring understanding that, with new technological ...More
    April 10, 2014 Posted in News
  • NIOSH Seeks Comments on Respiratory Protective Devices
    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces a notice of request for information and comment. This request for information was published in ...More
    March 17, 2014 Posted in News
  • PPE Utilization in a Pandemic: More Research Needed to Fuel Preparedness
    This report explores the utilization of personal protective equipment and respiratory protection within a pandemic scenario and addresses key issues such as PPE prioritization, reuse of PPE, proper pandemic protocols as well as a look at how to boost a hospital's readiness ...More
    February 28, 2014 Posted in Reports
  • Sempermed Introduces New and Improved GripStrong Nitrile Gloves
    Sempermed USA announces the introduction of a new and improve GripStrong® Nitrile glove. GripStrong® Nitrile gloves have been redesigned to provide additional durability and even more protection in an array of environments. GripStrong® Nitrile by Sempermed is now ...More
    February 6, 2014 Posted in News
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