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Patients, visitors, staff and healthcare providers can find the latest COVID-19 updates here.

COVID-19: Personal Protective Equipment

View the PPE Dashboard here (updated October 21)

Reprocessing

We recognize that disposable filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs), such as N95s, are not approved for routine decontamination and reuse as standard of care. However, the CDC, Public Health Ontario and Ontario Health have recognized that FFR decontamination and reuse may need to be considered as a crisis capacity strategy to ensure continued availability.

At HHS we are investigating the safest and most effective and efficient way to do this, with expert guidance from Health Safety & Wellness, MDRD, Infection Control, and Clinical Practice. We are diligent in our efforts to seek a method that is effective in decontaminating with no foreseen impacts on the respirator performance, including filtration and fit. If we move into reprocessing masks, it will be done with strong quality controls in place, so masks are returned to their unit of origin ready and safe to use.

As we consider this possibility, certain units have been asked to begin collecting used N95s. Please review these documents about collection:

Preparing to collect N95 masks for reprocessing (leaders)

Instructions units reprocessing N95 masks (all staff)

N95 daily collection sheet