PPE stands for Personal Protective Equipment.
PPE against COVID19 stands for Personal Protective Equipment to avoid getting COVID19, or coronavirus disease 2019.
In April 4, 2020, I have written an article on PPE against COVID19 when I got confused with the use of the acronym of PPE in donation campaign.
“I want to donate PPE.” What does this “PPE” mean?
“We are seeking donations of PPE.” What does this “PPE” mean?
In this article, I proposed the following:
1. Basic or elemental PPE – gloves, surgical face masks, etc.
2. Hazmat PPE – complete attire covering the entire body (coveralls, googles, masks, face shields, boots or shoe covers, gloves, etc.)
3 Accessory PPE – face shields, googles, acrylic boxes, acrylic swab shields, etc. (used individually or in combination but falling short of complete hazmat PPE.
Then, I came across this article:
Questions on the Costs of PPE Being Procured by Government
PPE against COVID19
Two issues to clarify before the differing costs are cited, if not raised with suspicion:
1. What really comprises PPE against COVID19?
2. What is the quality of each component of PPE?
Then, I attended the webinar of the Philippine College of Surgeons on the use of PPE on May 15, 2020 and made notes.
I came to the following conclusions:
Personal Protective Equipment against COVID19 is a collective term for wearable equipment, gear and other special covering that aim to protect the wearer from being infected with “splashes and sprays” from COVID19 patients.
- Respirators – face masks, N95, KN85, others
- Eye Protectors – goggles, face shields, others
- Protective clothing – overalls, coveralls, surgical caps, gloves, shoe covers, others
Alcohol is not part of the definition of PPE – not worn.
Aerosol shield boxes are not part of the definition of PPE – not worn.
This will be the definition or meaning of PPE against COVID19 that I will use.
There was one slide on the levels of PPE that I saw:
Alcohol hand wash / spray, strictly speaking, should not be considered as PPE.
Another table which I saw:
Alcohol or alcohol-based hand hygiene solution(s) should not be considered as PPE.
There are a lot of interpretations not to say misconceptions going on among authors.