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Personal protective equipment in veterinary practice

12 Apr 2020 - Flaaim

The protection in the medical part is extremely delicate and very important to take into account the exact measures and the necessary equipment that must be used in each process more than a necessity is an obligation of responsibility as a physician, to maintain the protection of all and as of himself.

It is no secret that this type of medicine contains diverse processes in which it has many risks for human health, for which reason, we must protect ourselves from germs, infectious agents, chemical substances, including the claws and fangs of some animals. For this protection there are different equipments, which stand out some more than others.

Personal protection in veterinary practice

Personal protective equipment in veterinary practice

First in the veterinary clinic they must have certain cleaning areas such as hand washing areas, container areas for sharp objects (needles, scalpels) and isolation area for sick animals, however personal protection is also important to be able to access certain areas or practice.

1. Body Protection

Thanks to this protection we will be reducing and avoiding much of the contact with the skin, as well as avoiding contact with body fluids, chemicals, bites (ticks).

The protection of this would be: apron, gown, dust cap and overalls (fabric, tear resistant and resistant to chemicals).

2. Facial and eye protection

The protection of the face in general (eyes, nose and mouth) is paramount to consider to prevent biological and chemical agents as well as diseases. Surgical masks, respirators, face masks and goggles should be available.

Wearing a face mask and goggles can protect the skin of the face and prevent splashes as well as drops of blood and other materials. Surgical masks help keep the medical area sterile by containing breathing excretions. A respirator for personal use should cover the nose and mouth and this helps us to reduce the risk of the veterinarian inhaling dangerous particles such as pathogens.

3. Protection for hands and feet

Wearing gloves prevents the transmission of some diseases and bacteria, there are different types of gloves for every occasion: examination gloves, palpation sleeves, chemical resistant gloves, metal gloves (cut resistant), and common work gloves.

With respect to footwear, these must be non-slip with a closed tip, there are some types of footwear and elements for them: work boots, rubber boots with respect to elements such as shoe covers and disposable plastic boots.

4. Hearing protection

It is important for a veterinarian due to the constant noise that can generate animals can gradually cause a hearing loss so it is important to wear earplugs for the times you think they should be used to also avoid some discomfort during their practice.

5. Protection for sharp objects

One of the most frequent things are those cut with needles in veterinary life and consequently this could cause infection so it is important to take into account to re-cover the needles and have the areas available for when a practice is made once used a needle should throw it immediately in its area of authorized cutting objects.

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