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Shortage of masks being ask to reuse

I was told to reuse my mask…. How should we handle being requested to reuse masks due to the shortage of availability because of corona virus?



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Masks are single use. They are also only effective for 20 min and should technically be changed. It states it on the box. It is not a suggestion or recommendations, it is a fact stated on the box. It is also against OSHA/WISHA regulations. As a healthcare provider you are entitled to the proper PPEs for your protection and your patient’s. If your employer cannot provide that they are in violation of those regulations and you should contact your OSHA/WISHA person for further clarification for your boss.

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Here is a Today’s RDH article that addresses reusing masks, it has references at the bottom:
https://www.todaysrdh.com/coronavirus-what-dental-professionals-need-to-know-about-covid-19/

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Today we called patterson. They are only sending us two boxes a week of masks.

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