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"Reusable Elastomeric Respirators: A highly effective option for emergency response preparedness"
Healthcare workers have experienced a shortage of PPE amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, elastomeric half-mask respirators have been certified by NIOSH and approved by the CDC for use in healthcare settings. Elastomeric half-mask respirators are specifically designed to be cleaned, reused, and put back into service, and use higher efficiency replaceable filters, providing up to P100 level of protection against airborne particulates.
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the country and the world, frontline workers including doctors, EMTs, nurses, and first responders need robust and reliable PPE options so they can keep their focus on caring for patients and safely responding to emergency situations.
This guide from MSA Safety explains the advantages of reusable elastomeric respirators compared to disposable PPE options for healthcare, including:
- Reduction in the amount of storage space needed for PPE
- Lower total cost of ownership for PPE
- Flexible levels of protection for workers
In addition, MSA Safety explains the cleaning and fit testing protocols for these products and how they can easily be implemented into a hospital network’s respiratory program.
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