N95 filtering facepiece respirators remain effective after extensive reuse during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Abstract

In a cross-sectional evaluation of healthcare worker reuse of their own 3M N95 respirators, 83% (76/92) passed the seal check and the fit-test after a median of 40 repeated donnings. User seal-check failure correlated with fit-test failure, and it may help HCWs recognize when to appropriately discard a reused N95.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInfection control and hospital epidemiology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • COVID-19 healthcare worker
  • N95
  • PPE
  • Reuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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