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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Healthcare

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Healthcare

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Medical Practices

From the front lines to the physician office—or wherever you administer care—the lesson of the COVID-19 pandemic is clear: There's no such thing as being "too prepared."

At Henry Schein Medical, we understand the difference a fully stocked supply room can make. When infection strikes, whether it be COVID-19, the flu, or other contagion, Rely on Us to help you protect your practice and keep patients safe. Our portfolio of unrestricted PPE stock is now available, with no ordering limits—while supplies last.

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Henry Schein Brand Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Get to know the top-notch PPE selection by Henry Schein Brand – your ultimate defense against infections and contaminants. Discover an array of essentials, including lab coats, jackets, surgical gowns, masks, eyewear, and shoe covers. Trust Henry Schein for your complete protection needs.

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Face Shields & Visors with Face Shields

Although the CDC does not recommend the use of face shields as a substitute for masks, they provide eye protection and may provide additional protection when used in conjunction with masks.1 Face shields should fit securely so there isn't a gap between the band and the forehead, and the shield should extend beyond the chin. The CDC also recommends face shield wearers wash their hands before and after removing the face shield and avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing it.

Henry Schein Medical offers a wide range of face shields from brands including MedSource, Clear-Vu Medical, and Pacific Care. The following selections are now available in unrestricted stock, with no ordering limits, while supplies last.

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Isolation Gowns

Isolation gowns provide full coverage of the arms and front of the body, from the neck to the mid-thigh or below, to ensure that clothing and exposed upper body areas are protected.

Isolation gowns are recommended for use when there is a medium to high risk of contamination and a need for larger critical zones (areas where contact with blood body fluids and other potentially infectious materials is most likely to occur) than traditional surgical gowns provide.1 According to the CDC, isolation gowns are usually the first piece of PPE to be donned, and are always worn in combination with gloves, as well as with other PPE when indicated.2

Isolation gowns should be removed before leaving the patient care area to prevent possible contamination of the environment outside the patient's room. They should also be removed in a manner that prevents contamination of clothing or skin. The outer ("contaminated") gown side should be turned inward and rolled into a bundle, and then discarded into a designated container for waste or linen to contain contamination. To ensure appropriate coverage for all staff members, stocking a variety of gown sizes is recommended.

The following gowns, available in different colors and sizes, are available in unrestricted stock, with no ordering limits (while supplies last).

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A patient with an elevated temperature doesn't necessarily have COVID-19, but it's an important symptom to monitor as part of a comprehensive pre-screening plan for your practice.

Henry Schein Medical offers infrared noncontact thermometers that provide fast, accurate, and minimally invasive temperature readings to ensure the safety of patients, staff, and visitors to your practice at points of entry. MedSource thermometers are available in unrestricted stock, with no ordering limits (while supplies last).

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Procedure Mask

Procedural masks are among the PPE in extremely high demand, especially during flu season and potential Covid-19 case surges. Henry Schein Medical now has select procedural masks available in unrestricted stock, with no ordering limits (while supplies last).

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Hand Care

An essential way to stop the spread of infection is to ensure your hands are germ-free. When soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer is a great way to keep your hands clean and clear of harmful bacteria.1 Henry Schein Medical offers hand sanitizer products in a variety of alcohol concentrations, both fragrant and non-fragrant. These hand sanitizers are available in unrestricted stock, with no ordering limits (while supplies last).

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Most Commonly Used PPE

As a medical professional, your health and safety are of utmost importance. One of the most effective ways to protect yourself and your patients from infection is by wearing personal protective equipment (PPE). Here are some of the most commonly used types of PPE in the medical industry and why they are essential:


Gloves are the most common form of PPE in healthcare settings. They provide a barrier between your hands and any infectious material you may come into contact with, such as blood or bodily fluids. Gloves should be worn whenever you are performing any invasive procedure, handling contaminated materials, or coming into contact with patients who may be infected with a communicable disease.

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Masks are essential for preventing the spread of respiratory illnesses, such as COVID-19. They can also protect you from airborne infectious particles, like those produced during surgery or other medical procedures. When selecting a mask, make sure it provides a tight seal around your nose and mouth to prevent any particles from getting in or out.


Gowns provide a barrier between your clothing and any infectious material you may come into contact with, such as blood or bodily fluids. They are especially important during procedures where splashing or spraying of fluids may occur, like surgery or trauma care.

Eye Protection

Eye protection, such as goggles or face shields, can protect you from infectious materials that may enter your eyes. They are particularly important when performing procedures where there is a risk of splashing or spraying of bodily fluids.


Respirators are specialized masks that protect against airborne particles, such as those produced during aerosol-generating procedures. They are essential for protecting against diseases like tuberculosis and COVID-19.


Caps, also known as bouffant hats, are worn to prevent hair and scalp contamination. They are commonly used in surgical and sterile environments.

Shoe Covers

Shoe covers provide a barrier between your shoes and any infectious material you may come into contact with on the floor or other surfaces.


Aprons can be used as an additional layer of protection when handling contaminated materials or performing procedures that may cause splashing or spraying of bodily fluids.

Face Shields

Face shields provide an additional layer of protection for the face, especially the eyes, nose, and mouth. They are commonly used in situations where the risk of bodily fluid exposure is high.

What is Personal Protective Equipment?

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the medical field refers to a range of specialized equipment and gear designed to safeguard healthcare professionals and patients from potential hazards and infections. PPE serves as a crucial barrier between individuals and various contaminants, such as microorganisms, chemicals, and bodily fluids. This comprehensive ensemble includes items like gloves, masks, gowns, face shields, and more.

Why is PPE Important?

By employing PPE, medical personnel create a safer environment while performing procedures that involve close contact or exposure to potential sources of infection. Proper usage of PPE not only reduces the risk of transmission but also underscores the commitment to maintaining the highest standards of hygiene and safety in medical settings.

How to Choose the Right PPE

  • Assess Task Requirements: Evaluate the specific medical tasks and procedures you'll be performing to determine the necessary level of protection.
  • Identify Hazards: Recognize potential risks such as splashes, aerosols, or contact with infectious materials that you might encounter during your work.
  • Choose Appropriate Coverage: Select PPE that offers suitable coverage for the identified hazards, ensuring all vulnerable areas are adequately shielded.
  • Prioritize Comfort and Fit: Opt for PPE that fits well and is comfortable to wear for extended periods, as discomfort can lead to reduced compliance.
  • Verify Safety Standards: Ensure the chosen PPE complies with industry-specific safety standards and regulations set by relevant authorities.
  • Stay Updated: Keep up with evolving guidelines and recommendations related to PPE usage from reputable medical organizations.
  • Regular Training: Train yourself and your team on proper donning, doffing, and disposal procedures for each type of PPE to minimize contamination risks.
  • Consider Accessibility: Make sure that PPE is readily available and easily accessible in healthcare settings for efficient use.
  • Environmental Considerations: Factor in the environmental conditions of your workplace, such as temperature and humidity, when selecting PPE materials.
  • Collaborate and Seek Input: Engage with colleagues and experts to gather insights and opinions when choosing PPE, promoting a collective effort towards safety.