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  • Personal protective equipment is special equipment you wear to create a barrier between you and germs. This barrier reduces the chance of touching, being exposed to, and spreading germs.
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) helps prevent the spread of germs in the hospital. This can protect people and health care workers from infections.
  • All hospital staff, patients, and visitors should use PPE when there will be contact with blood or other bodily fluids.
  • Gowns are examples of personal protective equipment used in health care settings.
  • They are used to protect the wearer from the spread of infection or illness if the wearer comes in contact with potentially infectious liquid and solid material.
  • They may also be used to help prevent the gown wearer from contaminating vulnerable patients, such as those with weakened immune systems.
  • Gowns are one part of an infection-control strategy.

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