To stay clean and safe, it is very important to properly use and discard personal protective equipment. Things like unsterile gloves, facial masks, and gowns need to be donned properly and also removed in a manner that keeps the germs and bacteria on the equipment, and not on you. Some who are new to the healthcare industry may not know which side is the front or how a particular mask should be tied, or where on the face it should be situated. Often, putting on the equipment is not the issue. Removing it properly is where things can get a bit tricky.
The gloves are generally always the most soiled part of your ensemble, but many forget to untie a front tying gown prior to removing their gloves. Gloves must be taken off in a very specific manner, making sure they come off inside out during the process. Also, be sure to wash your hands before beginning the removal of any other protective equipment.
When taking off a mask, you have to be very careful to not let the outside touch any part of your exposed skin. The same goes for removing a used gown. And all of the used equipment must be properly disposed of in a suitable trash receptacle. Watch this video to learn all the proper techniques for putting on and taking off personal protective equipment.