News Excerpt
The Supreme Court has directed the Centre to make suggestions for rational use of personal protective equipment so that the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)kits are provided to all medical professionals who are working in non-Covid treatment areas in the country.

What is Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?
•    It refers to protective clothing, helmets, gloves, face shields, goggles, facemasks and/or respirators or other equipment designed to protect the wearer from injury or the spread of infection or illness.
•    PPE is commonly used in health care settings such as hospitals, doctor's offices and clinical labs.
•    PPE may also protect patients who are at high risk for contracting infections through a surgical procedure or who have a medical condition, such as, an immunodeficiency, from being exposed to substances or potentially infectious material brought in by visitors and healthcare workers.
•    Effective use of PPE includes properly removing and disposing of contaminated PPE to prevent exposing both the wearer and other people to infection.

Highlights
    The Supreme Court has directed the Centre to make guidelines for rational use of PPE.
    The bench was dealing with an application seeking provision for PPE for health workers who are working in non-COVID treatment areas, keeping in view the fact that coronavirus infection from asymptomatic patients is reported to be on the rise.
    The apex court had observed that doctors and medical staff are the "first line of defence of the country" in the combat with the COVID-19 pandemic and directed the Centre to ensure that appropriate PPEs are made available to them for treating coronavirus patients.

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