N95 respirators

MIDP students get creative to decontaminate respirator masks

Students from the Medical Innovators Development Program (MIDP) within the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) have devised a protocol that repurposes hospital blanket warmers to decontaminate N95 respirator masks — a process that could extend the current supply of the disposable masks by allowing them to be reused up to five times.

VUMC adopts new N95 sterilization method

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is switching to hydrogen peroxide vapor for sterilization of the white bulbous N95 facemask-respirators used by health care workers to protect against COVID-19.

The modified room where ultraviolet (UV) light is used to sanitize used N95 respirators is capable of cleaning about 60 masks at a time.

VUMC groups unite to sanitize N95 masks with ultraviolet light

A group of physicians, nurses and representatives from multiple areas throughout VUMC came up with a process in less than a week to safely and effectively sanitize used N95 respirators.