Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Auditing
Appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in health care settings is essential to protect staff, patients, clients or residents and help prevent the spread of infections. PPE auditing is an important strategy for improving infection, prevention and control (IPAC) practices in all health care settings. These resources provide considerations for health care settings to establish, improve and maintain a PPE auditing program to support IPAC best practices.
What are PPE Audits?
PPE audits are an important part to any IPAC program. They are an evaluation tool where you collect and analyze information about your PPE standards, practices and procedures. PPE audits are typically done through direct observation at your health care setting as well as through the review of important policies.
Why Perform PPE Audits?
PPE audits are an important tool for verifying that your PPE standards and procedures are being followed. They can help to identify and correct any gaps or barriers to compliance in your IPAC program. PPE audits can also help with planning and evaluating training and education programs in your health care setting.
At a Glance: Implementing Personal Protective Equipment Audits in Health Care Settings
Provides an overview of the implementation steps of a PPE audit process to support infection prevention and control best practices as well as improvement initiatives. This resource also outlines considerations and strategies to improve any identified gaps or barriers for the safe and effective use of PPE.
Supporting Resources for Implementing PPE Auditing Programs
Supporting the Implementation of Personal Protective Equipment Auditing in Health Care Settings
Provides a refresher on best practices for PPE use and discusses the importance of auditing tools for practice improvements.