Easy removal mechanism for personal protective equipment

Developed by: Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Galicia Sur


For many infectious diseases, standard and transmission-based precautions are commonly employed by healthcare workers. These involve the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves, safety glasses, mask and coverall, against droplet, contact, or airborne transmission.

In the current era of emerging pathogens such as Ebola virus, removal of this type of personal protective equipment is crucial to reduce contamination of healthcare workers. During the removal of PPE, the skin and clothing of healthcare workers can become contaminated, even when there are no lapses in the removal technique. Proper training and equipment as well as an abundance of caution are necessary, given the lack of experience healthcare and clean-up workers have in dealing with this kind of infectious diseases, such as Ebola.  In order to solve or reduce these problems, a device has been created to facilitate the opening and removal operation of personal protective equipment.

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