Mask Filtration Efficiency

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

In March 2020, the soaring number of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infections resulted in an unprecedented shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for clinicians and essential health care workers. The shortage was most profound among N95 respirators, named for their ability to filter 95% or more of tiny 0.3 µm particles, and are considered the mainstay of …

Ties or Loops

Angie Szumlinski Studies

A study on the effectiveness of facemasks that was published in JAMA on November 23, 2020, was a little disturbing. When comparing a surgical mask with head ties vs a procedure mask with ear loops, there was a large difference in fitted filtration efficiencies (FFEs) (71.5% vs 38.1% respectively). Even more concerning, there was also a similar trend of poor …

Opportunity to Purchase PPE at Bulk Pricing Rates

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To help members who are having trouble getting ahold of personal protective equipment, The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (AMDA) is working with Project N95 to purchase and offer such items at bulk pricing rates. There are no minimum order quantities, but the offer is only for a one-time bulk purchase and may not be repeated. The following …

Mask Research

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N95 filtering facepiece respirators (FFR) and surgical masks are essential in reducing airborne disease transmission, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, currently available FFR’s and masks have major limitations, including masking facial features, waste, and integrity after decontamination. Investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have been working to design a better, reusable respirator that could …

N95 – Don’t Use More Than 2 Days

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New research presented online at the meeting of American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) 2020, has found that nearly 50% of N95 masks fail to work when reused for more than 2 days. Dr. Ronald Check of St. Luke’s University Hospital, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania who presented the study said “N95 respirators used past day 2 had significant failure rates.” Lack of …

OSHA – Temporary Enforcement Guidance

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On October 2, 2020, OSHA released a memorandum providing temporary enforcement guidance to Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) for enforcing initial and annual fit-testing requirements of the Respiratory Protection standard. Citation Guidance states: Provided NIOSH-approved tight-fitting PAPRs to protect personnel against SARS-CoV-2 using a high efficiency (HE) particulate cartridge or filter, when initial and/or annual fit-testing is infeasible due …

Imported N95-Style Masks – Are There Risks?

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ECRI is a non-profit, independent organization that utilizes an unbiased, evidence-based approach to develop guidance and maintain their principles of integrity and transparent work. Their ethical standards have led them to adopt the industry’s strictest conflict-of-interest policies and they are why tens of thousands of healthcare leaders worldwide rely on ECRI to guide their clinical, operational, and strategic decisions across …

Trump Administration to Release 1.5 Million N95 Respirators

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

Beginning August 28, 2020, the Defense Logistics Agency will direct shipment of N95 respirators to select nursing homes that recently reported having enough supplies for only zero to three days of operations. These respirators are meant to supplement existing supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) and will provide a seven-day supply for each nursing home to support an entire shift …

FEMA Procures N95 Decontamination Devices

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) procured sixty decontamination devices from Battelle Labs, an Ohio based company, for various states across the nation. Michigan received a Battelle device on April 24 which includes four decontamination units housed at the TCF Center in Detroit, Michigan. The decontamination system is approved to process N95 respirators only. Battelle’s device can decontaminate thousands of …

Respirator Models No Longer Authorized by FDA!

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

The following is a list of respirator models previously on the list of authorized respirators but no longer meet the EUA eligibility criteria and are no longer authorized. Date No Longer Authorized Manufacturer Respirator Model No Longer Authorized 6/6/2020 Fujian Kang Chen Daily Necessities C, Ltd. K0450, 57793 5/7/2020 AAB (China) Co., Ltd KN95 5/7/2020 Anshun Health and Medical Technology …