N-95 mask reprocessing suspended

June 25, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

The declining number of COVID-19 positive patients at Michigan Medicine and a reliable supply of N-95 masks have led to the discontinuation of N-95 reprocessing, effective Wednesday, June 24.

The masks will no longer be collected and the Central Sterile Processing Department (CSPD) is currently coordinating the retrieval of empty collection bins from units that were reprocessing the masks.

Staff who are trained may continue to reuse N-95 masks during their shift, following the N95/Face Shield REUSE protocol. If only worn for brief clinical encounters, faculty and staff can store their N-95 mask in a brown paper bag labeled with their name and date, and use the mask for multiple shifts as long as it is not visibly soiled, wet or damaged and continues to pass the fit check.

N-95 masks that have been reprocessed and are still in white paper bags may be stored until needed and then used following general reuse guidance. Employees with questions are encouraged to contact CSPD.