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Healthcare Associated Infections

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

This short video demonstrates the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and aligns with the National Infection Prevention and Control Manual.

This resource is part of the foundation layer of the Scottish Infection Prevention and Control Education Pathway.  Further information about the pathway is available on the pathway webpage.


The video focuses on the common problems associated with PPE, breaking down the dos and don’ts and providing practical examples of when PPE should and should not be worn. The video demonstrates the correct procedure for donning and removing PPE and provides practical application of knowledge and skills to aid learners in acute, community and care settings.

Target audience

All registered nurses, healthcare support workers and care staff working in health and social care settings.

Key Content

  • Types of personal protective equipment (PPE) and compliance with National Infection Prevention and Control Manual
  • Assessment of whether PPE is required for the task e.g. are you likely to come into contact with blood or body fluids
  • Appropriate use of different types of PPE for specific tasks e.g. emptying a urinary drainage bag, removing a used commode, dealing with infectious linen
  • Examples of when PPE should be removed and not required for a task or removed between tasks
  • Correct step-by-step procedure for donning and removing PPE and the importance of hand hygiene

Duration:  8 minutes

If you have any queries or wish to discuss the video with the HAI team, please contact


Resource launched April 2016