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Trained Observer for All PPE


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Trained Observer for All PPE


This training module discusses the roles and responsibilities of Trained Donning and Doffing Observers (called Trained Observers or TO). in Guidance for Donning and Doffing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) During Management of Patients with Ebola Virus Disease in U.S. Hospitals





When you work with a health care provider and doffing assistant you will not physically assist at all. You are there to monitor, protect, and guide health care providers through the protocols of donning and doffing PPE. Remember, an effective Trained Observer:

  • is vigilant in spotting defects in equipment;
  • is proactive in identifying upcoming risks;
  • follows the provided checklist, but focuses on the big picture;
  • is informative, supportive and well-paced in issuing instructions or advice;
  • always practices hand hygiene immediately after providing assistance.


Free online on CDC website.


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