N95 Masks: New Guidance for Addressing Shortages

An ECRI lab tour

View a recording of our April 15, 2020, live-streamed lab webcast. This video features updated recommendations from ECRI experts on new CDC recommendations, expanded decontamination options—Sterrad and Battelle, and importing of equivalent N95 masks. This video addresses critically important issues impacting hospitals now as they care for patients with coronavirus. The presentation concludes with an informative Q&A session based on questions from hospitals around the globe.

Speakers

  • Dr. Andrew Furman, Executive Director, Clinical Excellence, ECRI
  • Amanda Sivek, PhD, Principal Project Officer I, Device Evaluation, ECRI
  • Chris Lavanchy, Engineering Director, Device Evaluation, ECRI
  • Tim Browne, Director, Supply Chain Services, ECRI
  • Jason Launders, Director of Operations, Device Evaluation, ECRI

Lab tour recording

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Presentation slides

N95 Masks—New Guidance

Webcast poll results

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Summary of recommendations

List of cellulose-containing N95 respirators

N95 respirators that contain cellulose cannot be reprocessed using hydrogen peroxide. ECRI has contacted manufacturers of N95 respirators and has published a list of available respirators and whether they contain cellulose.

Additional ECRI Resources

Websites for assessing legitimacy of vendors and imported N95 alternative mask products

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