Weekly poll: N95s for H1N1

By: October 19th, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

By now you have probably already seen the updated recommendations from the CDC regarding the use of N95s for protection against the H1N1 virus.

While it might come as a disappointment to some, it’s probably not a surprise to many. If you’ve been following our posts on OSHA Healthcare Advisor, you knew a decision was imminent, but did you expect N95s to win out?

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right choice! knowing that you are truly protected is so very important especially since this flu can kill! especially for those healthcare workers who may bring it home to their families with young children and/or the older generation living in the same household. just like condoms, not 100% but safer to wear one that fits right than one that’s too big or too small or with leaks!

I was pretty surprised. It is amazing that CDC is still sticking with N95s when so many other trusted, reputable organizations are saying they’re not needed. We are going with the majority on this one.

By Rick Danzey on October 20th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Six months ago there were reports that the N95 was not effective against H1N1. Now the CDC comes up with this recommendation and OSHA is developing directives. This sounds more of a guideline for show than performance.

By David LaHoda on October 20th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

I don’t recall a CDC report saying “the N95 was not effective against H1N1.” On the contrary, the CDC’s MMWR “Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Infections Among Health-Care Personnel — United States, April–May 2009,” says:

“Most of the probable or possible patient to HCP transmissions in this report occurred in situations where the use of PPE was not in accordance with CDC recommendations.”

Perhaps you are thinking of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) position statement which said surgical and procedure masks were sufficiently effective in protecting healthcare workers from H1N1.


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