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Surgical Masks vs. N95 Respirators: In a Nutshell

by Rhonda Lawes

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    00:00 So let's wrap up this series in a nutshell.

    00:04 Surgical masks and respirators are both considered personal protective equipment for healthcare personnel.

    00:11 Both are considered single-use items, but respirators can be used in times of critical shortage if not visibly compromised or they don't present increased difficulty for the user to breathe.

    00:23 Surgical masks are not reliable for smaller airborne particles and do not provide protection at the level of respirators.

    00:34 So I want you to be very clear on that.

    00:36 Surgical masks do not provide the protection at the same level as respirators.

    00:42 Respirators filter out at least 95% of airborne particles but are more expensive and require fit testing to be effective.

    00:52 And in times of a world pandemic can experience extreme shortages of availability.

    00:59 Thank you for watching our video today.


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    The lecture Surgical Masks vs. N95 Respirators: In a Nutshell by Rhonda Lawes is from the course COVID-19 Safety for Health Care Professionals (HCP).


    Included Quiz Questions

    1. Surgical masks do not protect against smaller airborne particles
    2. Respirators are expensive and can be in shortage during a pandemic
    3. Surgical masks and respirators are both considered personal protective equipment for health care workers
    4. A respirator can always be used multiple times
    5. Respirators filter out at least 50% of airborne particles

    Author of lecture Surgical Masks vs. N95 Respirators: In a Nutshell

     Rhonda Lawes

    Rhonda Lawes


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