Personal protective equipment (PPE) in a pandemic: Approaches to PPE preservation for South African healthcare facilities

C Le Roux, A Dramowski
2020 South African Medical Journal  
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is key to protecting healthcare workers from COVID-19 infection, but the pandemic has disrupted supply chains globally and necessitated rapid review of the scientific evidence for PPE re-use. In South Africa, where the COVID-19 epidemic is still developing, healthcare facilities have a short window of opportunity to improve PPE supply chains, train staff on prudent PPE use, and devise plans to track and manage the inevitable increases in PPE demand. This
more » ... le discusses the available PPE preservation strategies and addresses the issue of decontamination and re-use of N95 respirators as a last-resort strategy for critical shortages during the pandemic.
doi:10.7196/samj.2020.v110i6.14831 pmid:32880554 fatcat:zo64konkwfhpdlqpht6yelc5k4