Standard Precautions in Infection Control

Proper Handling of Personal Protective Equipment


The personal protective equipment (PPE) plays a major role in worker protection, for instance when treating patients with transmissible diseases.

Only carful handling of the personal protective equipment offers effective protection against infections. Especially the removal of PPE can lead to the contamination of clothes or of the body.

Hence, we prepared descriptive infographics which illustrate how to put on and take off your personal protective equipment. You can choose between a poster depicting the handling of FFP-masks or a poster showing the handling of surgical masks.

Depending on the pathogen and the respective transmission path, different components of the PPE are recommended by the KRINKO.

The following overview illustrates which pathogens require which face mask. A detailed list can be found here.

Bordetella pertussisx
Burkholderia pseudomallei With Respiratory Tract Infections or Pneumoniax
Coronaviruses (SARS, MERS) With Respiratory Tract Infections or Pneumoniax
Coxsackie-Virus With Respiratory Tract Infections or Pneumoniax
Corynebacterium diphtheriaex
Humanes Metapneumovirusx
Influenza-A- and -B-Virusx
Measles virusx
Mumps virusx
Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Complexx
Respiratory-Syncytial-Virus (RSV)x
Rubella Virusx

The info posters are ideally suited to hang up on the wall in the dressing and changing area, so they can be a constant reminder of how to handle your PPE.

Poster about handling surgical masks

Poster about handling surgical masks

Poster about handling FFP-masks

Poster about handling FFP-masks
Further Information: Infektionsprävention im Rahmen der Pflege und Behandlung von Patienten mit übertragbaren Krankheiten Empfehlung der Kommission für Krankenhaushygiene und Infektionsprävention (KRINKO) beim Robert Koch-Institut: Bundesgesundheitsblatt 2015, 58:1151–1170.

This might also interest you