Personal protective equipment PPE

Trauma team members need to ensure their personal safety by taking universal precautions. Minimum precautions when dealing with a seriously injured casualty include:

• eye protection

• waterproof aprons

All body fluids should be treated as potentially infected. When casualties arrive in the emergency department they will often be dressed and covered in debris that can include glass fragments and other sharp objects and extra precautions are needed for casualties of biological or chemical attack. These casualties require decontamination at the scene of the incident or immediately on arrival to hospital prior to entering the emergency department.

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