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Fentanyl Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Fentanyl Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Fentanyl, the relatively new and extremely deadly drug, has flooded the market and is posing a serious problem not only for the people struggling with poly-substance abuse and addiction, but also for first responders and other professionals who are at risk when assisting Fentanyl crisis situations.

Our expertise in assessing protective needs and then rapidly delivering has kept essential teams safe after floods, hurricane cleanups, oil spills and highly contagious infectious disease outbreaks.

Who is Affected by Fentanyl?

In the healthcare setting, people who are at the highest risk for accidental exposure to fentanyl include anyone who may come in direct contact with patients known or suspected to be under the influence of fentanyl and/or have the recreational drug on their person. Such high-risk personnel includes first responders (firefighters, police officers, EMTs), nurses, doctors, technicians, therapists, phlebotomists, pharmacists, students, and trainees.

However, even people without direct patient contact may be at risk for indirect exposure given the possible nature of cross-contamination and exposure within the clinical setting. This includes dietary, environmental services, laundry, security, engineering and facilities management, administrative, and volunteer personnel.

Common methods of accidental and potentially fatal Fentanyl exposure:

  • Inhalation
  • Ingestion
  • Direct contact with mucous membranes
  • Accidental needle sticks (skin breaks)

Additional Resources for PPE Guidelines:

Fentanyl CDC Guidance      CDC Fentanyl Emergency Guidance