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GENERAL PERSPECTIVE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 260-262

Sterilization of N95 respirators: The time for action is upon us!


1 Department of Gastroenterology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center, Kochi, Kerala, India
2 Department of Nephrology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center, Kochi, Kerala, India
3 Department of Microbiology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center, Kochi, Kerala, India
4 Metro Center for Respiratory Diseases, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Harshavardhan B Rao
Department of Gastroenterology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center, Kochi - 682 041, Kerala
India
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DOI: 10.4103/lungindia.lungindia_191_20

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Re-processing of primary protective equipment is the need of the hour with healthcare systems all over the world strained due to the shortage precipitated by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. The common methods of re-sterilization do not hold well for filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs) as they affect their structure and function. We propose the validation and eventual use of gamma irradiation, an already existing method of re-sterilization, to disinfect FFRs in bulk.


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