PPE training for individual transmission-based precautions

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NSW Health staff are encouraged to complete three My Health Learning modules related to COVID-19, in addition to the new module titled “Personal protective equipment for combined transmission-based precautions”.

The education videos on this page are also available to view on the Clinical Excellence Commission YouTube channel.

Additional My Health Learning modules

  • Infection Prevention and Control Practices (Course code: 46777047)
  • Infection Prevention – Transmission Based Precautions (Course code: 253093581)
  • Infection Prevention – Enhanced Precautions for Pandemic Flu (Course code: 289888589)

Transmission Based Precautions

Health workers must have an understanding of the basic principles of Contact, Droplet and Airborne precautions as they are applied individually. The combined precautions are required for COVID-19 in clinical practice.

The proper removal (doffing) and disposal of contaminated PPE is the most important step in preventing inadvertent exposure to pathogens. There are a variety of ways to safely remove PPE without contaminating your clothing, skin, or mucous membranes with potentially infectious materials. Here are three examples (below)

NB: Facilities can adopt other safe ways of PPE removal according to local guidelines and procedures.

Hand Hygiene should be performed between steps and at any point where contamination occurs

My Health Learning videos

The videos below are divided into the three categories of airborne, contact and droplet precautions. These video resources were created by HETI for healthcare staff.

NSW Health staff need to view these videos via My Health Learning for the recognition of the completion of their training.

Airborne Precautions

  • Donning PPE

  • Interacting with patients

  • Doffing PPE

Contact Precautions

  • Donning PPE

  • Interacting with patients

  • Doffing PPE

Droplet Precautions

  • Donning PPE

  • Interacting with patients

  • Doffing PPE