PPE Use in the Care of the Patient with COVID-19: The WHO Perspective
Monday, August 30, 2021 at 10:00 AM ET
When healthcare systems across the globe began to care for patients with COVID-19 infection, there were many questions about which Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) would be needed to protect healthcare workers and to limit spread of SARS-Cov-2 to other patients and members of the workforce. Fear of the unknown, lack of access to certain supplies, and limited competence of workforce increased the challenges during the pandemic. This webinar will explore the WHO’s teachings for the basic PPE needed for this care, and will give practical examples of its use.
At the end of this presentation, the participant will be able to:
- Identify appropriate PPE for care of the patient with COVID-19
- Demonstrate safe donning and doffing of this PPE
- Discuss best practices of PPE use related to reuse, storage, and re-processing of PPE
Speaker: Ana Paula Coutinho Rehse
Ana Paula Coutinho Rehse is a technical officer on Infection Prevention and Control at the WHO Regional Office for Europe, where Ana Paula is responsible for Infection Prevention and Control in the WHO Health Emergencies Programme. In her role, Ana Paula supports countries with implementation and strengthening of Infection Prevention and Control Programmes at National and Facility levels, outbreak investigation and response. Ana Paula also works closely with the WHO Europe AMR working group, where she leads activities in the area of Infection Prevention and Control and linkages with AMR.
Ana Paula works for the WHO Regional Office for Europe since 2006. Before that, she was in Pakistan for the 2005 earthquake response and in Angola for the Marburg outbreak.
Ana Paula is from Sao Paulo, Brazil. She has degrees on Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Prevention and Control.