Addressing decontaminated respirators: Some methods appear to damage mask integrity and protective function

Richard E. Peltier, Jiayuan Wang, Brian L. Hollenbeck, Jennifer Lanza, Ryan M. Furtado, Jay Cyr, Richard T. Ellison, Kimiyoshi J. Kobayashi

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Abstract

Decontamination of N95 respirators is being used by clinicians in the face of a global shortage of these devices. Some treatments for decontamination, such as some vaporized hydrogen peroxide methods or ultraviolet methods, had no impact on respiratory performance, while other treatments resulted in substantial damage to masks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1446-1448
Number of pages3
JournalInfection control and hospital epidemiology
Volume41
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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