IAPB Position Statement on PPE for COVID-19

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance on the procurement, distribution and management of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the context of eye care services and the need for cognisance of the needs of the wider health system during the COVID-19 crisis. This guidance is intended for those working in eye health organisations who are responsible for decisions about PPE; in this context, PPE includes gloves, medical masks, goggles, face shields, shoe covers, gowns and aprons.

This guidance follows the recommendations of World Health Organization (WHO) for the appropriate use of PPE in healthcare and community settings. This document should be read alongside the WHO interim guidance on PPE  and any other WHO updates.