Researchers Identify N95 Respirator Decontamination Method Using a Microwave

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Due to the fast spread of COVID-19, there is an increasing scarcity of individual protective devices (PPE) vital to safeguarding healthcare employees from infection. N95 respirators are advised by the CDC as the perfect defense approach from COVID-19 and, although generally single-use, PPE lacks have actually demanded the requirement for reuse. New research study released just recently in mBio an open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, explains an efficient, standardized approach of decontamination for medical facilities and healthcare centers dealing with N95 respirator lacks.

The scientists, from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital, have actually detailed a reproducible decontamination technique that all healthcare employees would have the ability to use. “We identified an effective method of N95 decontamination by microwave-generated steam utilizing universally accessible materials. Our method resulted in almost complete sterilization after only 3 min of treatment and did not appear to affect the integrity of N95 filtration or fit with repeated treatment,” the scientists compose.

Reference: “Microwave-Generated Steam Decontamination of N95 Respirators Utilizing Universally Accessible Materials” by Katelyn E. Zulauf, Alex B. Green, Alex N. Nguyen Ba, Tanush Jagdish, Dvir Reif, Robert Seeley, Alana Dale and James E. Kirby, 25 June 2020, mBio.
DOI: 10.1128/mBio.00997-20

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