The N95 respirator is a tight-fitting cover that when properly fitted to the face protects the wearer from any small particles that floats in the air such as TB,measles, chickenpox, and Coronavirus disease
It should fit the face tightly with no gapping. An N95 respirator is intended to provide more protection than the procedure mask by blocking at least 95% of every small (0.3 microns) particles. It is important to note that not all N95 respirators are tested for fluid resistance to be used as surgical N95 in the perioperative setting.
- Check to make sure the N95 respirator has no defects such as holes or torn straps.
- Wear for protection against very small particles that float in the air (Eg.TB, measles, and Chickenpox)
- Follow manufacturer’s instructions for donning and doffing of the N95 respirator.
- Ensure a proper fit. Making sure the nose and mask are completely covered. The N95 respirator must have a complete seal all around. Complete face seal check after donning the respirator.
- Mold the respirator over the bridge of your nose when putting it on to keep the N95 respirator on and fitting properly. It is also helpful to press all around the face seal to be sure it is tightly in place
- Tilt head forward and remove the N95 respirator by pulling the bottom strap over the back of the head, followed by the top strap without touching the front of the mask. Keep strap tight during the removal process.
- Discard the N95 respirator by touching straps only. Perform hand hygiene before and after use of N95 respirator or any type of Personal protective equipment(PPE) such as gloves, and gown.
- Remove the N95 respirator when no longer in clinical space and the patient intervention Is complete.
- Don’t wear if wet or soiled, get a new N95 respirator.
- Don’t reuse, toss it after wearing once.
- Don’t let patients or visitors wear N95 respirators unless they’ve been fit tested to wear them.
- Don’t wear an N95 respirator that hasn’t been properly fit tested. Proper fit is essential.
- Don’t use the N95 respirator if air leaks around the respirator edges.
- Don’t touch the front of the N95 respirator as it is contaminated after use. Don’t snap the straps, as they may spread germs.
- Don’t share your N95 respirator with others, germs can spread that way.
- Don’t leave an N95 respirator hanging around your neck.