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Safely Donning and Doffing PPE

19 May 2020 12:32 PM | Anonymous

More than one donning and doffing method may be acceptable to your facility.  The method listed below is recommended by the CDC. Good information as a reminder, especially at this time.


  1. Gather your PPE

    • Isolation gown
    • NIOSH approved N-95 filtering face piece respirator or appropriate face mask
    • Face shield or goggles
    • Disposable gloves
  2. Use hand sanitizer or wash with soap and water for 20 seconds

  3. Put on isolation gown and tie at the neck and waist.

  4. Put on the N-95 respirator or face mask.

  5. Perform a user skill check.

    • Cover the surface of the respirator with your hands and exhale.  The face piece should bulge slightly.
    • Take in a quick breath and the mask should collapses slightly.
    • If air escapes then re-adjust
  6. Put on face shield or goggles.

  7. Use hand sanitizer or wash with soap and water for 20 seconds.

  8. Put on gloves.  They should cover over the wrist of the gown.


  1. Remove and discard your gloves.  For the glove-in-glove method.

    • Pinch the outside of the one glove near the wrist pulling downward, wrong side out
    • Slide a finger underneath the ungloved hand pulling down – inside out.
    • Discard
    • Remove your gown.  Roll downward away from the body and dispose.
  2. Hand sanitize or wash with soap and water paying close attention to where the glove met the gown.
  3. Carefully remove the shield, pulling upward and outward being careful to not touch the face shield or goggles.
  4. Remove and discard the respirator or face mask by the straps being careful in not touching the facial portion.
  5. Wash thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds.
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