Rational use of personal protective equipment for COVID-19 and considerations during severe shortages


Ongoing worldwide efforts to increase the scale of manufacturing and distribution mechanisms in the global supply chain for PPE have improved since the onset of the COVID-19 public health emergency (1). However, global PPE shortages impacting health worker safety and the sustainability of essential health services remain (2-5).

This guidance is intended for public health authorities and organizations involved in decisions regarding PPE use and prioritization for health workers, such as Infection Prevention and Control and Occupational Health and Safety focal points, health care managers and individuals responsible for coordinating distribution and management of PPE.

Author: SLCM