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Reusing N95 Masks After Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation

Uday Jain at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco examines extended use, reuse and reprocessing of N95 Respirator masks in light of their pandemic-related shortage in the latest edition of the Journal of Surgery & Anesthesia Research. According to CDC, N95 respirator use can be extended up to 8-12 hours for multiple patients without doffing. Jain relates N95 respirator can be reused up to 5 times with doffing between uses. N95 respirator should be discarded after aerosol generating procedure. For extended use or reuse of an N95 respirator, covering it with face shield or surgical mask is recommended.…
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