Emergency Use of Uncertified Respirators

and   |  March 30, 2020

Can the FDA allow uncertified respirators to be used to protect worker health and safety? On March 28, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) to allow healthcare providers (HCPs) to re-use respirators disinfected according to an “authorized decontamination system“. This EUA also reinforces an earlier EUA, issued on...
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How to Know If an N95 Respirator is Real or Counterfeit

  |  March 26, 2020

As the supply of N95 respirators for healthcare workers continues to dwindle, a number of counterfeit or uncertified respirators are beginning to surface in the marketplace. If a hospital is struggling to maintain its supply of N95 respirators, there are other options that can be used in place of the standard N95 respirator. The Centers...
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Why Measures to Prevent Community Spread of Coronavirus are Critical

  |  March 24, 2020

Current directives to combat COVID-19 in the United States are based on limiting community spread of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). The tactics include social distancing, frequent hand washing and related actions. But why is it that doctors, scientists, and other specialists have counseled government authorities to recommend these methods in particular? Coronavirus (COVID-19): Why is...
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Why is this pandemic happening now?

  |  March 23, 2020

The ongoing novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China, in December 2019, and was recognized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11, 2020. The disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). Since this virus is new there is no worldwide immunity. This...
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Successful Strategies for Creating a Culture of Laboratory Safety

  |  March 2, 2020

It’s been over 10 years since the tragic death of a staff research assistant in the chemistry department at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Devastating and high-profile laboratory accidents such as this have elevated safety concerns for academic and biotech research facilities in recent years, driving many to seek ways make safety an...
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Hospital-acquired Fungal Infections: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Patients

  |  February 26, 2020

Over the past year, several reported instances of patient infections related to mold have escalated concerns within the healthcare community. Understanding how these infections can occur, and what your hospital can do to prevent them, is essential for patient safety and hospital reputation.   What are hospital-acquired fungal infections? True to their name, hospital-acquired fungal...
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