4. PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)
A.) Accessibility & Storage
● All necessary PPE will be provided by Shore.
● Signage will be posted in program rooms, treatment areas, medical waiting
rooms, and near supply areas to assist in knowing what PPE items are required for
● Individuals will be asked to bring their own face coverings or masks to programs;
however, Shore will have a backup supply of masks on hand for individuals who
do not have them, or if their masks become otherwise not usable during the
● Shore will provide surgical masks for all staff. Staff can wear their own mask to
report to the pre-screening area upon arrival to work. Staff will then be given a
surgical mask to don before entering the building, and will have access to extras
should they need to replace their mask during their shift. Specialized masks (N-95)
and face shields will also be provided and required for staff use in specific
situations and activities.
● The Program Coordinator and Nurses will store PPE in their offices and/or
designated storage areas and will ensure that adequate supplies are in each
room, treatment rooms, the medical waiting room, in or near restrooms and
● Additional storage for PPE at each Adult Services program will be stored in a locked room. All Staff should alert their Nurse or Coordinator/Manager if additional supplies are needed.
● Supplies will be regularly re-ordered so that an (8) week supply is always onsite/available at Shore’s administrative offices. Inventory at the program sites will be replenished, as needed from this central supply.
B.) PPE Training
● Training will be provided to every employee, including:
● Purpose of PPE: to protect the employees of Shore from blood and bodily fluid exposure and help prevent the spread of germs in our Adult Services settings, including preventing the spread of COVID-19. PPE can protect people from infection and pathogens when used and disposed of properly. All staff, individuals, and visitors will have access to the proper PPE to protect themselves from possible exposure.
❏ GLOVES: Use of gloves in situations involving possible contact with blood or body fluids, mucous membranes, and non-intact skin
❏ ISOLATION GOWNS: Use of isolation gowns are to protect skin and clothing during procedures or activities where contact with blood or body fluids is anticipated. Isolation gowns should be prioritized for care activities where splashes and sprays are anticipated and high-contact personal care activities that provide opportunities for transfer of pathogens to the hands and clothing of staff (e.g., dressing, bathing/showering, transferring, providing hygiene, changing linens, changing briefs or assisting with toileting, device care or use, wound care).
❏ FACE SHIELDS AND/OR EYE PROTECTION: In ADDITION TO MASKS, face shields and eye wear are used as protection during times/activities that are likely to generate splashes or sprays of body fluids or blood.
❏ HEAD AND SHOE PROTECTION: Head covers protect the hair and scalp from possible contamination when sprays or airborne exposure is anticipated. Shoe covers provide a barrier against possible exposure to airborne organisms or contact with a contaminated environment. Head and shoe covers should be worn as part of Full Barrier Precautions. Full Barrier Precautions are the combination of airborne and contact precautions, plus eye protection, in addition to standard precautions.
● Sequence of Putting on (Donning) PPE (Full Barrier Precautions):
❏ Wash your hands
❏ Put on Shoe Covers (if needed)
❏ Put on Gown (if needed)
❏ Put on Specialized Mask/respirator (if needed)
❏ Put on Eye Goggles (if needed)
❏ Put on Face Shield (if needed)
❏ Put on Gloves
● Sequence of Taking off (Doffing) PPE (Full Barrier Precaution)
❏ Remove Gloves
❏ Remove Face Shield
❏ Remove Eye Goggles
❏ Remove Hair Covering
❏ Remove Gown
❏ Remove Shoe Coverings
❏ Remove Specialized Mask/respirator
❏ Wash Hands
● PPE Disposal :
❏ PPE will be disposed of in the designated PPE trash bins located throughout the building. The PPE trash can be discarded with other non-regulated trash.
❏ Only PPE that is saturated in blood or bodily fluids needs to be disposed of in the biohazard (regulated) trash. If this is the situation, nurses will assist staff in removing and disposing of PPE.