ABSTRACT

Strategies for Addressing Expected or Known N95 Respirator Shortages   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "[1] The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patient surge has contributed to a worldwide shortage of N95 respirators. [2] WHO [World Health Organization] and CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] report that airborne transmission of SARSCoV-2 [severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2] virus may be possible during aerosol-generating procedures (e.g., manual ventilation before intubation, cardiopulmonary resuscitation). [3] Respirators are used to protect healthcare personnel (HCP) from airborne pathogen exposure; single-use N95 filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs) are the most common type of respirator used in healthcare. [4] Increased N95 FFR use during the COVID-19 patient surge will likely exceed the available supply, resulting in shortages at many healthcare facilities. [5] A respirator shortage may lead to HCP exposure to SARSCoV-2 virus during the COVID-19 pandemic"

Report Number:
HIGH PRIORITY- H0577: COVID-19-ECRI Exclusive Hazard Report
Publisher:
Date:
2020-04-08
Series:
Copyright:
2020 ECRI
Retrieved From:
ECRI: https://www.ecri.org/
Media Type:
application/pdf
URL:
Help with citations