N95 Usage During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Nicole M. DeLauro Foot and Ankle Center of New Jersey, 1024 Park Avenue Suite 3, Plainfield, NJ 07060 United States Of America [US] ndelauro@ABPMed.org

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), formerly ubiquitous and disposable in the hospital and healthcare environment, has become scarce during the COVID-19 pandemic. This shortage has precipitated creative solutions to re-use and/or extend the lifetime of PPE, most notably the N95 mask. This article attempts to summarize options regarding re-use of N95 respirators and is for informational purposes only.

Corresponding Author: Nicole M. DeLauro, DPM, FACPM, DABFAS, FFPM, RCPS(Glasg), Foot and Ankle Center of New Jersey, 1024 Park Ave, Ste 3, Plainfield, NJ 07060. email: ndelauro@ABPMed.org