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Protecting Healthcare Personnel

The resources on this page are intended to promote patient safety and increase the safety of the healthcare work environment through improved use of personal protective equipment (PPE) by healthcare personnel.

For detailed guidance on personal protective equipment (PPE) while managing patients with Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) click here.


Guideline for Isolation Precautions: Preventing Transmission of Infectious Agents in Healthcare Settings 2007 [PDF – 3.80 MB] This document is intended for use by infection control staff, healthcare epidemiologists, healthcare administrators, nurses, other healthcare providers, and persons responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating infection control programs for healthcare settings across the continuum of care.

Guidelines for Infection Control in Healthcare Personnel, 1998 [PDF – 1.04 MB]
This guideline is designed to provide methods for reducing the transmission of infections from patients to healthcare personnel and from healthcare personnel to patients.

Additional healthcare infection control guidelines are at the HICPAC Publications page.


Guidance for the Selection and Use of Personal Protective Equipment in Healthcare Settings

CDC has developed this slide set for use by staff development, infection control, and occupational health personnel for training healthcare personnel on how to select and use personal protective equipment PPE to protect themselves from exposure to microbiological hazards in the healthcare setting.

Available Formats for download:

Sequence for Donning Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Sequence for Donning and Removing Personal Protective Equipment

[PDF – 2.85 MB]


Sequence for Donning and Removing Personal Protective Equipment

This poster demonstrates the sequence for donning and removing PPE. The poster provides key instructions to reinforce safe practices and are intended to limit the spread of contamination.

English Version, 8.5″ x 11″ size [PDF – 2.85 MB]

Protecting Healthcare Personnel from HIV

National Clinicians Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Hotline (PEPline)
Hotline providing clinicians with guidance on managing occupational exposures to HIV, viral hepatitis, and other bloodborne pathogens. Open 9 a.m. – 2 a.m. EST, seven days a week.

Retired Guidance and Resources

The following guidance and resources have been retired and are included on this webpage for historic and reference purposes only. These are no longer considered current CDC guidance.