PPE HEROES – N95DECON

RECOGNISING THOSE WHO HAVE GONE ABOVE AND BEYOND DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

No one could deny that the lack of safe PPE for frontline workers was a huge issue at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Clever solutions were required to keep people safe, this is where N95DECON stepped up to use their vast experience and knowledge to protect those in need.

N95DECON is a volunteer consortium of clinicians and scientists dedicated to synthesizing information about N95 decontamination and PPE use to support healthcare decision-makers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As frontline staff in the United States worked to care for those suffering from COVID-19 it soon became clear that supplies of PPE were inadequate and that reusing personal protective equipment, in particular N95 masks, was necessary.

A global team of 100+ scientists, engineers, students and clinicians from universities and the private sector came together to create N95DECON – a website that brings together scientific material to create best practice guidelines to reuse and decontaminate N95 masks.

The all-volunteer team behind N95decon.org spent weeks reviewing existing publications for relevant information, and held extended virtual meetings to debate the safety and efficacy of each decontamination method based on the current data. Their aim was to produce reliable and easy-to-understand advice for health officials about decontamination methods.

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N95DECON provides informational materials for healthcare workers and the public on their website www.n95decon.org.

Translations in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Hindi, Japanese, Italian, Malayalam, and Russian are also available at www.n95decon.org/publications

Thank you to the N95DECON team for working so hard under difficult circumstances to solve problems and share your findings with those who need it. You truly are PPE Heroes!

Rebecca Lambert
Author: Rebecca Lambert



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