Benefits and opportunities of reusable personal protective equipment

By November 12, 2020 December 10th, 2020 No Comments

In times of high respiratory protections demand, reusable personal protective equipment (PPE) represents an important opportunity for long term cost-effective preservation of critical life-saving equipment.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have authorized EHMRs (Elastomeric Half-Mask Respirators) that have been approved by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in accordance to 42 CFR part 84 to be used in healthcare environments.

Elastomeric Half-Mask Respirators (EHMRs):

An EHMR is a respirator with a tight-fitting facepiece made of synthetic or natural rubber materials which can be used both for routine healthcare and to prevent wearer exposure to SARS-CoV-2.

EHMR offers several benefits:

  • Protection: With the same level of protection of N95 filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs), EHMRs achieve a higher fit factor because of their sealing surfaces and adjustable straps.
  • Reuse and cost-effectiveness: The elastomeric facepiece of EHMR is designed to be cleaned, disinfected, and reused. Therefore, EHMR boasts a great cost-efficiency advantage, particularly over the long-term.
  • Lower demand for N95 FFRs during shortages: Some healthcare facilities may choose to use EHMRs to address potential supply shortages of N95 FFRs.

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