CDC: 3 ways to decontaminate respirators

The CDC on April 1 issued a guidance on how to decontaminate filtering facepiece respirators for reuse amid shortages, reports AHA News.

The agency does not recommend the reuse of respirators as a standard of care, but said the practice should be considered when shortages occur.

The CDC identified these three decontamination methods as the most promising, based on the limited data available:

  • Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation
  • Vaporous hydrogen peroxide
  • Moist heat

Steam treatment and liquid hydrogen peroxide are two other promising methods, although some limitations exist, the agency said.

To view the full guidance, click here.

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