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Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology; Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

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Clinical Epidemiology | Epidemiology | Equipment and Supplies | Health and Medical Administration | Health Services Administration | Health Services Research | Infectious Disease | Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene | Virus Diseases


Decontamination of N95 respirators is being used by clinicians in the face of a global shortage of these devices. Some treatments for decontamination, such as some vaporized hydrogen peroxide methods or ultraviolet methods, had no impact on respiratory performance, while other treatments resulted in substantial damage to masks.


personal protection equipment, PPE, face masks, N95 respirators, reuse, decontamination, COVID-19

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Peltier RE, Wang J, Hollenbeck BL, Lanza J, Furtado RM, Cyr J, Ellison RT, Kobayashi KJ. Addressing decontaminated respirators: Some methods appear to damage mask integrity and protective function. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2020 Jul 16:1-3. doi: 10.1017/ice.2020.332. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32669135; PMCID: PMC7385316. Link to article on publisher's site

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Infection control and hospital epidemiology

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