Masks to be reused only in non-infectious areas, AIIMS clari
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The authorities at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, issued a one-page standard operating procedure (SOP) on Wednesday a day after urging the doctors to reuse their masks four times, as personal protective equipment (PPE), against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak.

The SOP said that after using the mask for a day, it has to be numbered and kept in a correspondingly numbered “big brown bag” for four days before reusing it.

On day one, wear mask number one when you step out for duty. On day two, use mask number two. After you return home, place the used N-95 mask in paper bag number two and let it dry out for the next four days. Do the same for day three and day four.

The fifth mask is a reserve. After the masks have been reused over 20 days, they have to be brought back in the paper bags and discarded like medical waste in the hospital, the SOP said, citing the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) rules do not address the issue of how many times an N-95 mask must be worn but advises against wearing one respirator for more than four hours, as it could lead to discomfort.

The AIIMS authorities, however, clarified that only the staff, who are working in the non-infectious areas of the hospital, has to reuse the N-95 masks.

Note: Guidelines on Personal Protective Equipment by AIIMs is attached as pdf.

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