The recommendations on escalation of personal protective equipment (PPE) contained in this guidance are based on currently available information about COVID-19 and apply to the delivery of healthcare. This document should be read in conjunction with the Health System COVID-19 Response Plan and other advice provided by Queensland Health as part of the COVID-19 response.

This guidance about escalation of PPE use during healthcare delivery is based on assessment of risk of community transmission of COVID-19.

The escalation of PPE aims to minimise the risk for acquisition of COVID-19 infection by healthcare workers, patients and visitors. In addition to infected patients, healthcare workers are at risk for acquisition of SARS-CoV-2 from co-workers with COVID-19 infection.

It includes: Table 1. Recommended PPE escalation according to risk of unexpected COVID-19 infections in patients or healthcare workers