The nurse is instructing a student nurse about proper donning and doffing of personal protective equipment (PPE). Which statement by the student nurse indicates an understanding of the order in which to apply PPE?

  1. “When removing PPE, gloves are removed last.”
  2. “When removing PPE, the mask is removed before the gown.”
  3. “The PPE should be applied just inside the door of the client’s room.”
  4. “The gown is put on first, then the gloves, then eye protection, and the mask last.”
Number 2 is correct.
Rationale: When removing PPE, gloves are removed first, then eye protection, followed by the mask, and then the gown. Hand hygiene is performed last. PPE should be applied preferably before entering the client’s room. When donning PPE, hand hygiene is first, followed by the gown, mask, eye protection, and lastly, gloves.