How Important is Personal Protective Equipment?

As the below presentation of  findings in a study conducted by the US Army’s Institute of Surgical Research indicates, PPE is crucial in preventing irreparable damage to operators’ hands.  As a medic it is your responsibility to ensure your men are practicing preventative medicine by utilizing PPE.  In the end, it will make your job easier, and, more importantly, increase the survivability and quality of life of you casualty.

ISR Hand Burns

3 replies
  1. Andrew Nunn
    Andrew Nunn says:

    The only time I’ve ever stopped to put actual BSI on is when I’ve worked on Iraqi’s or when casualties come to our Aid Station. We always have to wear nomex gloves while we’re out in sector, as well as eye protection.
    The Nomex gloves really hinder the ability to quickly open kerlix and field dressings. and I’ve tried to wear BSI under my gloves, but the end result is having my hands drenched in sweat and looking like I have been in the bath tub for hours. I’m not worried about my guys giving me the HIV and I get my Hep shots religiously. When I was a civillian EMT, BSI was a way of life. It’s just impractical in a tactical environment.

  2. starlight_cdn
    starlight_cdn says:

    It does slow intial patient treatment but I always use gloves….eye pro is a none issue as I am religious about were that when OTW.

    Working on injured locals or enemy casualties, it required….especially in the area I deploy to. When working on freindly, I still take the few second it takes to put gloves on.

    1. What did that soldier do on his leave before and during deployment??? My wife would not like it the ‘protected sex’ for one year because I was too stupid to put on my gloves. Protect yourself, everyone may not be as disciplined as you.

    2. It also gives me the chance to ‘take my own pulse’ and give a solid visual survey of the cas…identifying MAJOR BLEEDS!!! So, it no really time wasted….

    I am my Hep shot and my titers are good. I get tested for the HIV after every deployment.


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