Using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) correctly for COVID-19

Maddie Nickels
Marketing Director & Referral Liaison
Southern Hills Nursing Home & Rehab

Your health is important. In order to keep yourself safe from germs, it is important to understand how to properly use personal protective equipment or “PPE”. PPE equipment is worn to minimize exposure infectious diseases that can lead to illness and injury in the workplace. PPE includes items such as gloves, gowns, facemasks, respirators, and eye protection.

With the current state that our country is in, the CDC is now requiring all citizens to wear a mask while in public or anywhere that they will be around other people. Face masks serve as a simple barrier to prevent transferring respiratory droplets onto others via coughing, sneezing, or talking. When widely used by people in public settings, masks can be effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19.



  • Out in public. Covid-19 can be spread by people who may not exhibit any symptoms. It is imperative that a facemask is worn in public settings while also practicing social distance.
  • Sick and interacting with others. Even in your own home, if you are feeling ill it is important to wear a mask while at home to prevent the spread to other members of the household.
  • Caring for someone that is sick at home. It is important to protect yourself, despite caring for a loved one or other household member. Wearing a mask while providing care for someone that is feeling under the weather is very important.

Using a facemask the correct way:

  • Clean hands before you put on and take off your face mask. It is very important to refrain from touching your facemask or your face.
  • Ensure that the facemask is covering both your mouth AND nose
  • When removing the mask, touch only the strings. Facemask should be stored in a paper bag when not being worn.