Doffing PPE: Prepare to Doff Your PPE

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Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment

In this video, you will learn how to doff, or remove, your Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, in accordance with CDC protocols.

Following the doffing protocol will minimize the risk for disease transmission, so it’s very important that you understand all of the steps. Your Trained Observer and Assistant will help you with the process.

Before you move from the patient’s room into the doffing area, you will need to take a few minutes to do some important things.

  • First, inspect your PPE. Are there any obvious signs of contamination or materials on it? If so, then you will need to disinfect the surface of the PPE with an EPA-designated (Environmental Protection Agency) disinfectant wipe or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Next, disinfect your gloves, also with an EPA-designated disinfectant wipe or alcohol based hand rub.
  • Last, get the attention of the Trained Observer. Once he or she signals to you that it’s clear, enter the doffing area.