PPE shortages are currently posing a tremendous challenge to our healthcare system because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have received numerous calls from clients seeking advice and information on how to supply the N95 masks that OSHA currently requires during aerosol-generating dental procedures. The following resources can help maximize dental office’s procurement and supply of N95 masks.
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released two interim Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs)which allow the use of N95-equivalent masks that are manufactured in compliance with standards of other countries and considered equivalent to NIOSH approved N95 masks. The EUAs include a list of the KN95 masks from China, as well as masks from other countries, authorized for use in lieu of the NIOSH-approved N95 masks.
- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides guidance on strategies to optimize PPE options when PPE supplies are stressed, running low, or absent.
- The American Dental Association (ADA) created a comparison chart, which shows the different types of masks and the features of each.
- Cal/OSHA released its own interim guidance for healthcare providers on how to manage respirator supply shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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