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Decontamination and Reuse of N95 Respirators with Hydrogen Peroxide Vapor to Address Worldwide Personal Protective Equipment Shortages During the SARS‐COV‐2 (COVID‐19) Pandemic   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Abstract: "The SARS‐CoV‐2 [severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2] (COVID‐19) pandemic has placed a tremendous amount of strain on resources in the healthcare setting. One of the most pressing issues is the rapid depletion of personal protective equipment (PPE) used in the care of patients. This is a significant concern for healthcare workers' health and safety. Many entities have depleted or soon will exhaust their stockpile of PPE despite adopting PPE sparing practices as the number of COVID‐19 cases in the U.S. increases at an almost exponential rate and manufacturers struggle to keep up with the worldwide demand. This potential shortage is particularly concerning for commonly used N95 respirators and Powered‐Air Purifying Respirators (PAPRs). Recently, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) even temporarily suspended the requirement to perform annual fit testing of respirators to allow entities to conserve respirators and preserve them for patient care. These measures are unprecedented and highlight the urgent need for entities to develop solutions to proactively address what could be potentially a grave occupational health issue."

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Duke University
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Duke University, Occupational and Environmental Safety Office: https://www.safety.duke.edu/
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