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Healthcare entities should continue to submit requests for PPE through their local Office of Emergency Management. New York State continues to fulfill requests for PPE, as available. However, NYSDOH has become aware of instances in which healthcare providers, facilities, or practices are using or considering alternative means to manage PPE shortages,such as:
- Use of dubious means to attempt to disinfect N95 respirators or facemasks (e.g. putting them in the dishwasher).
- Use of a ventilator circuit filter attached to a disposable anesthesia facemask and strapped to the face in place of an N95 respirator.
- Use of homemade cloth masks.
If all efforts to obtain PPE through vendors and local Office of Emergency Management are exhausted or unsuccessful, healthcare providers should refer to the CDC guidance entitled “Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of PPE”
Conventional, then contingency, then crisis capacity strategies should be used in that order, as feasible.
Many of the options from the CDC guidance document are summarized in the advisory.
For general guidance on the use of PPE in healthcare settings, please refer to CDC guidance entitled “Healthcare Supply of Personal Protective Equipment”
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