Taking off (Doffing) PPE

1 - Gloves

A. Use glove to glove, skin to skin technique. Grasp the outside edge of the glove near the wrist and peel away from the hand, turning the glove inside-out. Hold the glove in the opposite gloved hand. The outside of gloves are contaminated.

B. Slide an ungloved finger or thumb under the wrist of the remaining glove.

C. Peel the glove off and over the first glove, making a bag for both gloves. Put the gloves in the garbage

Doffing Gloves

2 - Hand Hygiene

Using an alcohol-based hand rub is the preferred way to clean your hands.

Use soap and water if your hands are visibly soiled.

3 - Gown

A. Carefully unfasten ties.

B. Grasp the outside of the gown at the back of the shoulders and pull the gown down over the arms. Do not rip off

C. Turn the gown inside out during removal. Place disposable gowns in garbage or place non-disposable gowns in laundry hamper.

Doffing Gown

4 - Hand Hygiene

Clean your hands as instructed above

5 - Remove Eye Protection or Face Shield

A. Handle only by headband or ear pieces

B. Carefully pull away from face

C. Put reusable items in appropriate area for disinfection. Put disposable items into garbage

6 - Remove Mask IF REQUIRED

The same procedure mask worn during the work day can stay on if a full face shield is used for eye protection

  • If a mask with a built-in face shield attached is used, then remove and discard

Discard the mask if it becomes contaminated with splash or spray (visibly soiled), makes direct contact with a patient, or it becomes so moist that it no longer feels intact.

A. Bend forward slightly and carefully remove the mask from your face by touching only the ties or elastic bands

B. Start with the bottom tie, then remove the top tie

C. Place the mask in the garbage

N95 respirator is removed outside of the patient room.

7 - Hand Hygiene

Clean your hands as instructed above

8 - Exit Patient Room

Remove N95 if applicable

9 - Hand Hygiene

Clean your hands as instructed above

10 - Re-don procedure mask

If required, re-don procedure mask

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