Believe in the Full Face Shield
Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended the Full Face Shield as not only an essential part of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for doctors and nurses who work with suspected and confirmed Ebola patients, but also as a suitable substitute for goggles. As it turns out, goggles do fully cover the face and may fog after being used for long periods, which may lead healthcare workers to manipulate them with contaminated gloved hands. This they may do unconsciously, even reflex-life, but it is still a dangerous thing to do. Full Face Shields eliminate this temptation.
· No head strap.
· Latex free.
· Anti fog.
· Foam headband.
· Optically clear.
· Cost efficient.
· 13” wide x 7 ½” long.
The Splash Full Face Shield provides maximum face protection for hospitals, dental offices, laboratories, and EMT use. Another advantage this product has over goggles is that goggles are not disposable. Though they may be disinfected after each use, repeatedly wearing the same set of goggles can increase the risk of contamination. Full Face Shields can be discarded after a single use, increasing safety. Since this item is available in a box of 24 units which is easy to re-order, there is no need to worry about supply shortages.
The only thing a healthcare worker could have against Full Face Shields – or rather against PPE in general – is that they may not be fully reassured as to the level of protection they offer, especially seeing as how two nurses in Dallas, Texas contracted the Ebola virus from a patient even though they were wearing protection gear. However, by the hospital’s nurses’ own admission, they didn’t have proper gear – they said their necks were exposed – and were not trained on protocols and guidelines either.
Full Face Shields and other pieces of PPE are perfectly effective when put on, worn and taken off correctly. We recommend users to follow the CDC’s recommendations for healthcare workers for donning and doffing Personal Protection Equipment. Mistakes are common and there is little – if any – margin for error. In the particular case of Ebola, doctors and nurses are at an increased risk of contagion. However, that’s no reason to dismiss PPE. On the contrary, it is all the more reason to not only use it, but use it appropriately.