PPE guidance

It is likely that some form of PPE usage will be the long-term norm for all clinicians involved in normal clinical care. Apart from the obvious benefit of preventing and transmitting COVID-19 and other infections, correct PPE usage will likely prevent a clinician, or indeed a practice, having to go into isolation after being exposed to a COVID-19 positive patient. The risk of an unintended exposure increases with the prevalence of the virus in the community.

The College’s recommendations are:

Red and orange traffic light levels: All patients are masked while in the practice

  • Red stream workers: Minimum of face mask and washable clothes or gown with visor for higher risk procedures
  • Green stream: Minimum of face mask

Green traffic light level: All patients masked while in the practice

  • Red stream workers: Minimum of face mask and washable clothes or gown with visor for higher risk procedures
  • Green stream workers: Mask is option

How to put on and take off (don and doff) PPE

 

How can I access PPE?

Reviewed 23 June 2021

The Ministry of Health has put out guidance on the PPE supply chain.


What PPE do I need to wear when swabbing a patient for COVID-19?

Reviewed 15 November 2021