Emergency physician Jonathan Papson’s handy guide to putting on and taking off PPE. Putting on and taking off personal protective equipment properly involves a specific sequence that’s easy to mess up.
And early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors at the Royal Melbourne Hospital realised they needed a simple way to help people remember the correct steps.
"We thought we probably just need a jingle, something that will stick in your head," Jonathan Papson, an emergency physician and the director of emergency education at the hospital, told Radio National this morning.
One competition for the best PPE jingle later (prize: toilet paper) Dr Papson created two catchy videos, detailing the correct ways to put on and take off PPE. The informative video has thousands of views on Tik Tok.(The Royal Melbourne Hospital) They’ve been on the doctor’s YouTube channel since March, but the "Put on PPE" banger has taken off after being uploaded to the Royal Melbourne Hospital’s TikTok account late last week.
"Getting the gear on is important, so that then you’re safe, but taking it off is also probably more important," Dr Papson said.
"Especially at the end of a busy shift when you’re tired and people are ringing you up and there’s other things to do — you really don’t want to get distracted in the sequence." It’s important to take PPE off in the correct sequence to avoid contamination.(AAP: David Mariuz) The beat underpinning the educational dance comes from another viral song, Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen, which was created by Japanese comedian Daimaou Kosaka in 2016.
The emergency physician said it was easy to make a mistake when taking off PPE, and the song […]