Journal article

Are surgical masks manufactured from sterilisation wrap safe?

Sam E Grigg, Andrea Zampiron, Farzan Akbaridoust, Dileep Chandran, Natasha E Holmes, Paul DR Johnson, Ivan Marusic, Daryl Jones

Infection, Disease && Health | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND: Due to regional shortages some health services have proposed using surgical masks manufactured from sterilisation wrap. However, there has been little assessment of the safety of this practice. Therefore, we developed our own prototypes and evaluated whether they met regulatory standards. METHODS: Surgical mask prototypes were manufactured from two thickness grades of commercial sterilisation wrap. Safety was assessed in the context of regulatory standards. As it was not previously reported, we developed and performed differential pressure and synthetic blood penetration resistance experiments in accordance with official methodology. RESULTS: Bacterial filtration efficiency was c..

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