The RCP has launched new guidance that aims to help healthcare workers ensure that the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) does not impair patient safety.
The increased use of PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic has added challenges for healthcare workers, and accessing the right PPE, or having the right equipment and staff, can be difficult.
This guidance, created by the RCP Medicine Safety Joint Working Group and led by the RCP’s Medicines Safety Clinical Fellow, Jennifer Flatman, aims to raise awareness of key issues relating to the use of PPE. It also includes recommendations on how you can help to mitigate against patient safety issues related to PPE in your healthcare environment, focusing on four areas of concern:
- Situational awareness
- Use of PPE
- Performing tasks
The full guidance can be found here.