To help educate healthcare professionals on how to properly wear personal protective equipment (PPE), APIC has created the following flyers that outline key points on how to use PPE in non-surgical settings. We encourage you to download and print these free flyers and share them with your healthcare facilities.


Gowns are classified by their ability to withstand penetration by blood or body fluids. Gowns used in the healthcare settings are defined and classified by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation.

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There are many types of gloves used in healthcare settings. Some types include sterile, non-sterile, non-medical, and utility gloves. Learn the proper ways and uses for this type of personal protective equipment.

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Procedure Masks

A procedure mask (also called an isolation mask) is a disposable mask that protects the wearer from droplets that might be infectious. A version of this mask with a built-in face shield to protect against splashes is also available.

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N95 Respirators

An N95 respirator is a tight-fitting cover that when properly fitted to the face protects the wearer from very small particles that float in the air. An N95 respirator is intended to provide more protection than a procedure mask.

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Please see:  National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Guidance on Recommended Guidance for Extended Use and Limited Reuse of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators in Healthcare Settings

We thank APIC’s Communications Committee for helping to develop these special infographic posters.

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The resources on the following pages are free to download and share. We encourage the use of our consumer resources for infection prevention education, provided that the information is not modified. Please attribute these resources to the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and include the links to additional resources (if applicable). If you have questions, please contact