Ministry of Health issues guidelines for rational use of PPE

Different levels of PPEs have been prescribed for different areas of the hospital

PPE, MoHFW, COVID-19, Healthcare workers, Guidelines


The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued additional guidelines for rational use of Personal Protective Equipments (PPE) for healthcare workers and others in non-COVID treatment areas in non-COVID hospitals and hospitals with COVID blocks. This is in continuance with the guidelines already issued on the rational use of PPE on 24 March, 2020. 


The PPEs are to be used based on the risk profile of the healthcare worker. Different levels of PPEs have been prescribed for different areas of the hospital like in OPD, chambers of doctors, pre-anaesthetic check-up clinic, IPD- Ward/ICU, labor room, operation theatre etc. The detailed guidelines are available at https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/AdditionalguidelinesonrationaluseofPersonal...


It also mentions that PPEs are not alternative to basic preventive public health measures such as hand hygiene, respiratory etiquettes which must be followed at all times.

India now produces around 1.5 lakh to 2 lakh PPE kits per day.