This project will investigate the recommendation by the IOM to examine the effects of the placement of a surgical mask over a N95 particulate filtering respirator using the Automated Breathing and Metabolic Simulator. A subset of respirators and surgical mask will be tested to compare with a companion field study by the Dept of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Health care providers / first receivers / hospitals
Department of Veterans Affairs
Public, at large
Select N95 respirators & surgical masks based on the US Strategic National Stockpile and the VA study
Perform tests on each model and type (cup, cup with fit enhancements, cone/duckbill, flat-fold), medium size (or M/L or universal), with and without exhalation valves, with and without surgical masks = 291 tests.
Perform tests on same respirator models and surgical mask as those used in VA field study = 12 tests.
FY09 100% data collection completed and statistical analysis of data completed
Q2 Begin manuscript
Q3 Submit manuscript for internal peer review
Q4 Submit manuscript to journal for publication
Manuscripts published or submitted to peer review journals
Presentations at conferences (1 abstract submitted to date)
Data are used to consider revisions or support NIOSH / CDC guidance on respiratory protection for healthcare workers, and subsequent test protocols may be considered in the development of ISO and ANSI standards