Committee on the Use of Elastomeric Respirators in Health Care

Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Health Care Workforce, Health Security, Public Health
Board: Board on Health Sciences Policy

Activity Description

An ad hoc committee will conduct a study to examine the use of half-mask elastomeric respirators by healthcare workers. The study will explore the logistical, economic, and policy challenges and opportunities and will also focus on issues regarding personnel proficiency, proper use, and acceptance of elastomeric respirators in the U.S. healthcare system. The study will examine the practicability of elastomeric use in healthcare on a routine basis and during an influenza pandemic or other large aerosol-transmissible outbreak, when demand for respiratory protective devices by U.S. healthcare personnel may be larger than domestic supplies. The study will also address the issues regarding emergency stockpile management of elastomeric respiratory protective devices.

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