Medical Care - Hospital Care

Personal Protection

Triage personnel should be garbed with personal protective equipment appropriate for the agent or exposure of concern. If unknown, Level A should be considered as per OSHA and NIOSH involving self-contained breathing apparatus. This will require equipping, fit testing, and ongoing training of staff and personnel as well as awareness of need for rest breaks while in these suits due to the physically taxing demands and limits of this level of protection.

Typical hospital surgical scrubs, lab coats, rubber or latex gloves and TB masks do not provide appropriate liquid or vapor protection when the agent is unknown. Level C PPE utilized in a hospital illustrates some of the physical challenges of dressing out in protective gear and fine dexterity and motor movements are hampered with thickened gloves and loss of peripheral vision.

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