Personal protective gear and suits are made to shield health-care workers from bacteria, viruses and other hazardous material. Users are most vulnerable to contamination when removing the gear.
Here are the steps to remove the gear, used by Doctors Without Borders, which has been responding to Ebola outbreaks in Africa for decades:
n Disinfect outer gloves with 0.5 per cent chlorine
n Hand washing occurs nine times in the removal process. Spray front and back of apron and suit with chlorine disinfectant. Remove outer gloves and put in a biohazard container.
n Wash gloved hands. Remove apron. Wash gloved hands. Remove goggles. Wash gloved hands. Remove hood. Wash gloved hands. Open suit. Wash gloved hands. Remove suit. Wash gloved hands. Remove mask. Wash gloved hands. Remove gloves. Disinfect boots and remove. Wash bare hands with 0.05 per cent chlorine.