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Personal Protective Equipment (cont.)

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Media file 1: Rescuer wearing level A protection. Note that he is encapsulated completely with a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). This type of suit provides the highest degree of both skin and breathing protection and is appropriate for wear in a hot zone that presents an immediate danger to life and health. The garment severely limits communication and provides a great deal of heat stress. Photo credit: Tom Blackwell, MD.
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Media file 2: Rescuer wearing level A protection, rear view. By definition, level A protection incorporates either a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA, shown here) or a supplied-air respirator (SAR). The wearer is encapsulated completely. Photo credit: Tom Blackwell, MD.
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Media file 3: Rescuer wearing level B protection. This type of suit provides excellent splash protection from the front, but the wearer is not encapsulated completely. Air is supplied by a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA, shown here) or supplied-air respirator (SAR). Level B protection is appropriate for workers performing patient care and decontamination in the warm zone, in which the victims and their clothing possibly are contaminated with a chemical that could evaporate or be absorbed through the skin. Photo credit: Tom Blackwell, MD.
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Media file 4: Rescuer wearing level C protection. The skin is protected the same as with level B, but the rescuer now is breathing filtered air from a powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) rather than supplied air from a tank. Because it avoids the weight and complexity of a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) system, Level C protection is much easier to wear and causes less heat stress. Level C protection is appropriate for most activities in the warm zone, unless droplet and/or vapor levels are very high. Photo credit: Tom Blackwell, MD.
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Media file 5: Chemical Terrorism Agents and Syndromes. Signs and symptoms to watch for. Chart courtesy of North Carolina Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology (SPICE), copyright University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Media file 6: Bioterrorist Agents. Signs and symptoms to watch for. Chart courtesy of North Carolina Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology (SPICE), copyright University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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