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Terminal doffing

Taking off PPE at the end of a patient encounter, in contrast to “extended wear” in which PPE is worn across multiple patient encounters.

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Surgical mask

Characterized by straps that are ties together at the top and bottom of the mask. Similar to procedural masks, and are a lightweight and comfortable type of mask that is meant to protect the user from large droplets and protect the environment and other nearby persons from the wearer’s contaminants. They are not designed to pass a fit test. It has gaps around the edges that allow many small particles to enter the respiratory system of the wearer. They are meant to help maintain a sterile environment necessary for surgery.

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Social distancing

Social distancing is a set of actions taken to stop or slow the spread of a highly contagious disease. The goal of social distancing is to limit face-to-face contact to decrease the spread of illness among people in community settings. This includes interactions between healthcare workers and staff with one another and patients.

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Serious Communicable Diseases Program

The Serious Communicable Disease Program (SCDP) at Emory has become a regional, national and international resource on the strict protocols that are needed to safely care for patients with special pathogens. Emory experts in medicine, nursing, administration, technology, environmental sciences, and public health comprise our model of interdisciplinary research within the Serious Communicable Diseases Program. This program strives to bridge the gap between research and bedside care, making our discoveries immediately applicable to improving patient outcomes.

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Reusable gown

A gown that can be laundered and made clean after contamination. In our app these gowns are blue.

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Reuse

Using personal protective equipment that has already been used before.

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Procedural mask

Procedural masks are traditionally characterized by an ear loop attachment, and are a lightweight and comfortable type of mask that is meant to protect the user from large droplets and protect the environment and other nearby persons from the wearer’s contaminants. They are not designed to pass a fit test. It has gaps around the edges that allow many small particles to enter the respiratory system of the wearer. 

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PPE

Personal protective equipment. This includes eye protection, masks and respirators, gowns, coveralls, gloves, and other equipment that protects healthcare workers from infection. 

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PAPR

A PAPR is a battery-powered blower that provides positive airflow through a filter, cartridge, or canister to a hood or face piece

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N95 Respirator

An N95 respirator is a respiratory protective device designed to achieve a very close facial fit and very efficient filtration of airborne particles. The ‘N95’ designation means that when subjected to careful testing, the respirator blocks at least 95 percent of very small (0.3 micron) test particles. If properly fitted, the filtration capabilities of N95 respirators exceed those of face masks. However, even a properly fitted N95 respirator does not completely eliminate the risk of illness or death.