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New Fact Sheet: Reusable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Sep 29, 2020

The Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have posted a new fact sheet of interest to EMS.  Reusable personal protective equipment (PPE) provides an important opportunity for cost- effective preservation of critical life-saving equipment in an environment in which PPE is in short supply and appropriate disinfection supplies are available. This option can also provide substantial long-term cost savings in a conventional care environment. This fact sheet provides useful information for healthcare and emergency medical service organizations regarding re- usable, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-approved elastomeric half-mask respirators (EHMRs) and powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs) to expand options to meet respiratory protection demand. Read more at
In related news, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)—in coordination with the Strategic National Stockpile—posted a Federal Register Notice (FRN) titled “A National Elastomeric Half Mask Respirator (EHMR) Strategy for Use in Healthcare Settings During an Infectious Disease Outbreak/Pandemic”. Through this FRN, NIOSH is seeking input regarding the national distribution plan of purchased EHMRs, as well as identifying potential organizations interested in receiving a portion of these EHMRs with the commitment to provide a report of user acceptability and feasibility of implementation. Comments must be received by October 14, 2020. Please see the FRN for details here.