[MCOH-EH] Are some brands of N95 masks superior to others?

Higazi, Patricia Patricia.Higazi at chkd.org
Thu Apr 27 11:58:17 PDT 2017

We have had tremendous success with the 3 M 1870 + Aura - one size - less than 2% failure rate.  By the way we do not fit test men with facial hair - they have to shave as per OHSA guideline

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From: MCOH-EH [mailto:mcoh-eh-bounces at mylist.net] On Behalf Of Tim Crump
Sent: Thursday, April 27, 2017 2:46 PM
Cc: Tammy Wade
Subject: [MCOH-EH] Are some brands of N95 masks superior to others?

Hello Everyone, We have had a frustrating experience in our N95 mask fit testing, in that we find that more than 1/3 cannot wear our brand of N95 mask.  In many cases this is due to men with facial hair, etc, but we also have a large number of employees who just fail the fit test twice and go onto our PAPR list for respirator protection.  For staff in surgical services, where PAPRs may not be an option, we can be really stuck.  We use the Kimberly-Clark N95 mask that comes in a regular and small size.

I have heard anecdotal reports that the 3M N95 has better success rates.  Does anyone have experiences or evidence on this topic?  Given that 3M has several different N95 models, is there one type that works best in the hospital setting?  Thank you for any input or advice.  Best, Tim

Tim Crump, MSN, FNP
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