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How Much Do You Know About Personal Protective Equipment?

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is a crucial component of preventing disease transmission in the dental setting. When appropriate PPE is selected and used as intended, it prevents patient body fluids and operative debris from contacting a clinician’s skin and mucous membranes. Read on to test your knowledge on PPE.

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Which of the following is part of PPE for dental hygiene procedures?

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Gloves vary in their puncture-resistance, ability to resist chemical penetration, and potential to cause allergic reactions based on the materials used in the manufacturing process.

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Hand hygiene should always be performed before donning and after removing gloves, as well as prior to placing gloves.

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Heavy duty utility gloves are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration because they are used for medical procedures.

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Medical face masks are divided into performance classes based on their fluid resistance, bacterial filtration efficiency, and submicron particle filtration efficiency.

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) identifies goggles or glasses with solid side shields, or chin-length face shields, as appropriate eye protection.

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Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and OSHA agree that a single gown or lab coat may be worn for multiple patients as long as there is no visible contamination.

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How Much Do You Know About Personal Protective Equipment?
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Congrats! You understand the importance of personal protective equipment. Get out there and put your know-how to good use!
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Well done! You have the basics, but there’s more to learn. Continue to study the guidelines on personal protective equipment. You’ve got this!
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Not bad, but there’s room to grow when it comes to understanding the importance of personal protective equipment. Consider reading more about this important facet of providing oral health care. Good luck!

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