IOM Report Supports N95 Respirators for H1N1

"A study in which N95 respirators strongly outperformed surgical masks in shielding hospital workers from influenza viruses and other microbes is being hailed as a landmark in research on respiratory protection for healthcare workers.

The study, which involved close to 2,000 hospital staffers in Beijing, showed that N95 respirators reduced the risk of respiratory illness by a significant 60% and the risk of confirmed influenza by 75%, whereas surgical masks had no effect"

Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy, Sep 7, 2009

Full article: CIDRAP


"During any flu season, health care workers are at the front lines of fighting the disease and protecting public health. In preparation for this year’s fall and winter flu season with novel H1N1 influenza A (nH1N1), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration asked the Institute of Medicine to provide recommendations on necessary respiratory protection for healthcare workers in their workplace against nH1N1" 

Institute of Medicine, Sep 3, 2009

Read the full report: Institute of Medicine

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