Decontamination interventions for the reuse of surgical mask personal protective equipment: a systematic review

About the systematic review:

The high demand for personal protective equipment during the novel coronavirus outbreak has prompted the need to develop strategies to conserve supply. Little is known regarding decontamination interventions to allow for surgical mask reuse. The aim of this systematic review was to identify and synthesize data from original research evaluating interventions to decontaminate surgical masks for the purpose of reuse.

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  • Lead Researcher(s)

    David Zorko, Karen Choong

  • Lead Institution(s)

    McMaster University

  • Contributors

    David J Zorko; Shira Gertsman; Katie O’Hearn; Nicholas Timmerman; Nasser Ambu-Ali; Tri Dinh; Margaret Sampson; Lindsey Sikora; James Dayre McNally; and Karen Choong

  • Initial Citation Set Size

    1874 citations

  • Time To Complete Screening

    19 days

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