WASHINGTON, DC – In marking the annual CDC/NIOSH N95 day (September 4th), the CDC has released its Hospital Respiratory Protection Program Toolkit.
This toolkit was developed to assist hospitals in developing and implementing effective worker respiratory protection programs, with an emphasis on preventing the transmission of aerosol transmissible diseases to healthcare personnel.
Respirators and other personal protective equipment (PPE) are used as a last line of defense when exposures cannot be reduced to an acceptable level using other methods.
In healthcare settings, risks of work-related infections from airborne pathogens pose an ongoing challenge. Because every healthcare facility should develop policies and procedures that address the control methods used at their institution, NIOSH and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration worked closely together to provide a guide for respiratory protection administrators in hospitals.
This guide includes the multiple approaches necessary for infection prevention and control, guidelines for isolation precautions, types of respiratory protection, and more considerations about proper respirator use.