This document summarizes WHO’s recommendations for the rational use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in health care and when cleaning instruments and surfaces. Instruments should be handled as though contaminated until processed through the sterilization cycle (unless the instrument has been processed with a thermal washer/disinfector that has a high-level disinfection cycle).
To prevent injury from sharp instruments, personnel should wear puncture-resistant, heavy-duty utility gloves when handling or manually cleaning contaminated instruments and devices. The heavy utility gloves are reusable and can be washed with an antimicrobial handwashing agent, rinsed, and dried.
Because splashing is likely to occur, they should also wear a facemask, eye protection or face shield, and gown or jacket. Employees should not reach into trays or containers holding sharp instruments that cannot be seen. To reduce their risk of injury, they should instead remove instruments using forceps or empty them onto a towel.
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