Although HealthCap does not endorse any product or service, this information may be helpful to you so we wanted to share it.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, N95 respirator masks are in short supply and many providers purchase this critical PPE item from non-traditional international suppliers without insight to product quality. However, using imported N95-style masks without NIOSH certification or independent lab validation may put healthcare workers and patients at risk.
ECRI is the only independent organization offering specialized PPE testing services coupled with customized consultation and recommendations to assist healthcare providers in keeping staff and patients safe. Our N95-Style Mask Testing Program provides assurance on whether masks you have procured or plan to purchase meet industry standards.
- Using a machine identical to that which NIOSH uses in its N95 certification process, our laboratories test the efficiency of masks to assure that they perform at the level claimed
- ECRI can test masks prior to purchase to provide you with data to make informed decisions.
- We can recommend functionally equivlent alternatives to meet your needs.
By testing imported masks as well as isolation gowns, ECRI is helping healthcare organizations validate products prior to purchase and verify the safety and quality of products already in inventory.
For more information please go to their website. Stay well, stay safe and stay tuned!