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Infection protection and personal protective equipment

Today (02 April) updated guidance has been published that outlines the infection prevention and control advice for health and social care providers involved in receiving, assessing and caring for patients who are a possible or confirmed case of COVID-19.

The main changes to previous guidance are:

·         enhanced Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) recommendations for a wide range of health and social care contexts

·         inclusion of individual and organisational risk assessment at local level to inform PPE use

·         recommendation of single sessional (extended) use of some PPE items

·         re-usable PPE can be used. Advice on suitable decontamination arrangements should be obtained from the manufacturer, supplier or local infection control

·         guidance for when case status is unknown and SARS-CoV-2 is circulating at high levels

·         recommendation on patient use of facemasks