What PPE should I wear?
The following PPE requirement guidelines have been created to assist staff and VMOs with guidance on PPE usage. These guidelines are based on the current DHHS guidelines and Epworth CMO alerts.
Epworth PPE requirement guidelines are to be used by all staff and VMOs to ensure a consistent and sustainable use of our PPE supplies across our sites.
- Staff & VMO PPE Requirements – Periop (PDF, 49KB)
- Staff & VMO PPE Requirements - ICU, ED & Birth Suite (PDF, 84KB)
- Staff & VMO PPE Requirements - Ward areas (PDF, 85KB)
PPE colour zones at Epworth
To support COVID-19 operational planning and to ensure a consistent and sustainable approach to the use of PPE across our hospitals, Epworth will be introducing PPE colour zones at all sites.
The three colour zones have been designed to provide clear visual cues for our healthcare workers to easily identify the current PPE usage recommendations within different areas of our hospitals.
Read more about the PPE colour zones (PDF, 625KB)
How do I put on and take off PPE safely?
All staff should watch and read the following resources:
Fit testing for masks
- How to Wear a 3M™ N95 8210 Respirator (non fluid resistant) (video)
- How to Wear a 3M™ N95 8210 Respirator (non fluid resistant) (poster)
- 1860 and 1860S Respirator Fitting Instructions(fluid resistant) (video)
- 1860 and 1860S Respirator Fitting Instructions(fluid resistant) (poster)
AGP - Anaesthetics
When do I need to use a P2/N95 mask?
What are examples of Aerosol Generating Procedures (AGP)?
Examples of AGPs include:
- Tracheal intubation
- Non-invasive ventilation (BiPAP, CPAP)
- High flow nasal oxygen therapy
- Manual ventilation before intubation
- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
- Sputum collection
How to collect a Nasopharyngeal swab for COVID-19 testing
- Please watch the Collection of Nasopharyngeal Specimens with the Swab Technique
- Melbourne Pathology guidelines for non-Melbourne pathology staff (PDF, 1.05MB) that need to perform a COVID-19 oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal swab - 21 April 2020 (a written instruction set for swab taking).
Please note that the same swab is used for oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal swabbing, with the oropharyngeal swab being performed first. Please follow the instructions closely noting the time taken for swabbing of each area.
Posters - transmission reduction measures
Department of Health and Human Services Victoria resources