How to Wear (Don) & Take Off (Doff) Surgical Face Mask Tutorial PPE
This video demonstrates how to wear (don) and remove (doff) a face mask such as a surgical mask or earloop mask.
Many people are wearing face masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 when they go out in public. This video will help not only healthcare professionals but non-healthcare professional learn how to wear and take off a surgical face mask.
Some common mistakes people make when wearing a face mask is that they do one or more of the following: wear the mask upside down or backwards, place the mask under the nose rather than over, don't tuck the bottom of the mask under the chin, or just hang the mask from one ear.
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This video demonstrates how to don and doff a mask in the clinical area.
The video demonstrates the color side of the blue mask facing outward and the metal strip at the top of the mask being adjusted to ensure proper fit. The mask should not be worn inside out. Always follow the directions on the packaging for the mask. There are many brands and they are all different.
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This video is intended for healthcare personnel (HCP) caring for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. It demonstrates one method described in CDC’s infection control guidance for donning (putting on) personal protective equipment (PPE) in healthcare settings.
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To help slow the spread of the coronavirus, the CDC now recommends wearing a cloth mask when you're out in public and social distancing can be difficult. But do you know the proper way to put on (don) and take off (doff) a face mask?
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Novel pathogens: donning & doffing PPE for aerosol-generating procedures
COVID-19 moves from person-to-person via droplets (sneezing and coughing) and contact with surfaces that have become contaminated with someone who is infected. As of March 12, 2020, we have moved to droplet and contact precautions for suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19. The best protection for health-care workers is the use of a surgical mask, eye protection, full sleeved gown, and gloves. An N95 respirator, as shown in this video, should only be used when performing an aerosol-generating medical procedure such as an intubation or CPR, for example.
COVID-19 se déplace de personne à personne par le biais de gouttelettes (éternuements et toux) et par contact avec des surfaces qui ont été contaminées par une personne infectée. Depuis le 12 mars 2020, nous sommes passés aux précautions de contact et de gouttelettes pour les cas suspects et confirmés de COVID-19. La meilleure protection pour les travailleurs de la santé est l'utilisation d'un masque chirurgical, d'une protection oculaire, d'une blouse à manches longues et de gants. Un respirateur N95, tel que montré dans cette vidéo, ne doit être utilisé que lors d'une procédure médicale générant un aérosol, comme une intubation ou une RCP, par exemple.
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How to properly put on and take off surgical masks
Donning a face mask
1. Perform hand hygiene before donning any PPE. If you have questions about hand hygiene, check out our hand hygiene videos.
2. Orient so that the stiff edge of the mask is upwards.
3. Make sure the front of the mask is facing away from you. The inside of the mask is usually white.
4. Place mask on your face, and secure elastic band around ears or ties around middle of head and neck
5. Pinch the stiff edge around your nose.
6. Adjust the mask to fit your face and below the chin.
7. When using a mask, do not touch the front as it is contaminated. If you touch the front of the mask accidentally, please perform hand hygiene.
8. Your mask must stay on your nose and mouth.
9. Replace the mask when it becomes moist with respirations.
10. Do not attempt to disinfect the mask.
Doffing a face mask
11. Do not touch the front of the mask, as it is contaminated. If you touch the front of the mask accidentally, please perform hand hygiene.
12. Remove the elastic band from around your ears. If you have ties, remove the lower or neck tie first, then the top or middle of the head ties second.
13. Holding the elastic band or ties, remove the mask from your face.
14. Dispose of the mask.
15. Perform hand hygiene. If you have questions about hand hygiene, check out our hand hygiene videos.
PPE Training Video: Donning and Doffing PPE Nursing Skill
PPE training video: How to don and doff PPE (personal protective equipment) nursing skill tutorial.
In this video, Nurse Sarah demonstrates one of the possible sequences for donning and doffing PPE. PPE is designed to protect nurses when working around potentially infectious agents.
This is an important nursing skill that nurses and nursing students will need to learn, especially when working with certain patient populations or high risk areas.
One sequence used for donning PPE, as demonstrated in this video, is the gown first, then the mask or respirator, the goggles or face shield, and finally, the gloves. You will also perform hand hygiene before and during the donning process, as Nurse Sarah demonstrated.
When doffing PPE, the sequence demonstrated in this video is gloves first, then gown, then face shield/goggles, and then the mask or respirator. Again, you will perform hand hygiene during the doffing process as well.
Please note: PPE donning and doffing sequences can and do sometimes change, so it's important to always follow the latest protocols set by your healthcare facility.
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N95 respirator mask tutorial: How to don and doff an N95 mask for nurses and healthcare professionals.
N95 respirator masks are used by nurses and many other healthcare professionals. In this video tutorial, I demonstrate how to wear an N95 mask (how to put it on and take it off).
There are several things that you'll want to remember when using an N95 mask, especially during pandemic outbreaks.
1. Prior to using an N95 mask, you should be properly fitted. It's not uncommon to be fit tested for an N95 mask yearly as a healthcare worker, but fit test frequency can vary.
2. You should always refer to the latest state guidelines, CDC protocols, and manufacturer guidelines for how to wear your specific brand and model of N95 mask. Directions and protocols do change over time, so this video should be seen as a general overview, not specific advice for any particular brand or healthcare setting/patient population.
3. After donning an N95 mask, you should always check for proper fit and perform a seal check. This will ensure that the mask has properly sealed to your face, which is important for the safety of you, your coworkers, and your patients.
4. After using your N95 mask, follow the latest protocols for storage, reuse, or disposal of the N95 mask, which may vary depending on your patient population and latest protocols.
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Before you put on your COVID-19 tie mask for protection, please take a moment to make sure you're following the proper steps. First, clean your hands. Allow your hands to dry.
Bring the mask to your nose. Tie the top ties in a bow around the top of your head. Tie the bottom ties around the base of your neck. Pinch the bendable nose strips across the bridge of your nose. Make sure the mask holds to the shape of your nose. Pull the bottom of the mask down to completely cover your mouth and chin. Make sure the mask stays over your nose, mouth and chin the entire time you’re wearing it. Try not to touch the front of the mask.
If you accidentally touch the mask, wash your hands. Before removing the mask, wash your hands. Remember the mask is dirty, so don't touch the front of it. Touching only the ties, take the mask off. Untie the bottom bow first, then the top. Holding the mask by the ties, toss the mask in the trash. Don’t forget to wash your hands when you’re done. Stay safe and healthy!
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How to Wear a Face Mask Safely - Medical PPE Donning and Doffing
Even the best mask when worn incorrectly leaves its user at risk. This step-by-step video demonstrates how to don (put on) and doff (take off) an ear loop style medical face mask.
*NOTE: Please ensure your hands are washed and clean before applying the mask, and always discard the used mask in accordance with your facility's policies and procedures.
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How to Wear an N95 Mask: Donning and Doffing (nursing skills)
Nurses and healthcare providers know that putting your N95 mask on is only one step you need to know. Donning the N95 is a four step process and doffing the N95 mask requires that you consider a method that reduces the risk for transmission. Watch this video for a review of the donning and offing procedures for the N95 mask.
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N95 masks are used in the healthcare setting when we are caring for patients who can transmit an illness via the air. We call these airborne particles and they can occur with influenza-like illnesses, and diseases processes such as tuberculosis
A fit test is required before wearing an N95 mask to ensure you have the correct size for your face. There are four steps to donning:
1. Check the mask for correct size and damage
2. Place the straps below the mask and cup mask in hand with nose piece at fingertips. Place mask on face, covering the mouth and nose
3. Seal the nose piece
4. Complete a seal check by blowing air out to feel for leaks
Doffing requires two steps:
1. Grab the lower strap and remove, upper strap and remove
Hand hygiene is required pre and post mask donning and doffing.
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