On TV channels we often see healthcare personnel dressed in ‘space like’ gear on a biosafety protocol, investigating outbreaks or engaging in intriguing missions involving infectious diseases.
Most lay people do not understand that wearing protective gear, which actually protects against unknown and known infectious disease agents, is very cumbersome and not ‘glamourous’ . It is lifesaving, and it is in short supply most of the time. This PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is worn by designated health care personnel in special circumstances to minimise the threat that infectious disease agents pose to their health and survival.
Healthcare personnel need to wear this PPE in the correct manner for it to be effective in its purpose. In the currently ongoing pandemic of COVID 19, PPE is essential for handling patients in the acute stage when they are infectious to those around them. PPE is not for the common man. Believe me, it is downright uncomfortable and sweaty and stressful.
Here is a short (5 min 49 sec) video made by a team of experts from the prestigious AFMC Pune, to communicate effectively, the recommended modality for wearing of PPE by healthcare workers…. https://youtu.be/OlOULwxmTCc
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