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Sterilization of N95 respirators The time for action is upon us!

Publication Type : Journal Article

Thematic Areas : Medical Sciences

Publisher : Lung India,

Source : Lung India, Volume 37 - Issue 3 - p 260-262, 2020

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Keywords : Coronavirus; coronavirus disease-19; decontamination; filtering facepiece respirator; gamma irradiation; N95; pandemic; personal protective equipment; re-sterilization; reuse

Campus : Kochi

School : School of Medicine

Department : Microbiology

Year : 2020

Abstract : Re-processing of primary protective equipment is the need of the hour with healthcare systems all over the world strained due to the shortage precipitated by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. The common methods of re-sterilization do not hold well for filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs) as they affect their structure and function. We propose the validation and eventual use of gamma irradiation, an already existing method of re-sterilization, to disinfect FFRs in bulk.

Cite this Research Publication : Arjun Prakash, Harshavardhan B Rao, Priya Nair, Surabhi Talwar, V Anil Kumar, Deepak Talwar "Sterilization of N95 respirators: The time for action is upon us!", Lung India, 2020

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