Better guidance needed from CDC on respiratory protection

CDC continues to recommend contact precautions plus the use of N95 masks for the care of patients with suspected or confirmed H1N1 influenza. However, we have received noticed from a major manufacturer that the demand for N95 masks is outpacing the supply. Thus, we are not able to obtain any additional supply over our usual allotment and our inventory is falling. Better guidance from CDC is sorely needed. The WHO continues to recommend standard plus droplet precautions except when an aerosol generating procedure is performed, for which an N95 mask should be worn.


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