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13. Personal protective equipment (PPE) Where there is a potential for contamination/exposure to blood or bodily fluids the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 must be followed. Healthcare workers must wear the appropriate personal protective equipment supplied by NHS Kirklees and they must be worn wherever there are risks to health and safety that cannot be adequately controlled in other ways. 14. Gloves If direct contact with blood or body fluids is anticipated staff must wear well-fitting, seamless, powder free, sterile or non sterile disposable gloves, depending upon the procedure. These should be discarded after each procedure and hands must be washed. Gloves should also be worn for: • • • • •

Cleaning equipment Handling disinfectants Cleaning spillages Venepuncture. Any task where contamination is likely

Where cuts and abrasions are present, they must be covered with a waterproof dressing before applying gloves and performing clinical procedures. 15. Aprons If direct contact with blood or body fluids is anticipated staff should wear a disposable plastic apron. 16. Goggles/visor Any procedure in which there is a risk of splashing blood or body fluids into the eyes or face, protective eyewear should be worn. Refer to Appendix B 17. Communication Ineffective communication has been identified by the Health Care Commission as a major factor in the spread of infection within health care. It is therefore imperative that clear, concise and effective communication is given at all times. Information leaflets should be disseminated to patients, visitors and essential therapy staff. A poster must be displayed at the entrance to the health care facility. See Appendix C. Where media interest is expressed, please direct all enquiries to NHS Kirklees Communication Team. 18. Management of specimens: Appropriate specimens should be submitted from affected patients.