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Minnesota hospitals stretching, conserving COVID-19 masks

 

April 16, 2020

DAVID JOLES • Star Tribune

Dan Cates, an infection prevention practitioner at Regions Hospital, demonstrated how used 3M N95 masks will be places onto plastic racks to be sterilized via ultraviolet light.

Hospitals are using ultraviolet decontamination to stretch their supply of high-filtration N95 masks that protect doctors and other caregivers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which to date has caused 87 deaths and 1,809 lab-confirmed infections in Minnesota.

M Health Fairview hospitals now allow N95s to be reused up to six times if they are decontaminated after each use and remain intact - which dramatically increases its capacity of personal protective equipment, or PPE.

https://www.startribune.com/minnesota-hospitals-stretching-conserving-covid-19-masks/569677902/

 

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