[MCOH-EH] Mask/eyewear fatigue (Abhijay Karandikar)

Deanna Prater dprater at luhonline.com
Wed Dec 8 12:42:33 PST 2021

We invested in some of the Optrell Clearmaxx PAPRs and encourage staff 
to use these even if they are able to pass a fit test for an N-95.  They 
are lightweight and comfortable.  On a low airflow setting, the battery 
will last for a 12-hour shift+.  Even our housekeepers are wearing them, 
because the positive pressure airflow is cool and makes their jobs more 
comfortable and tolerable.  The units are easy to wipe down between 
uses.  I have our OR reprocess the hoses, I do a terminal clean with 
battery/filter check, and some ladies in the community sewed replacement 
pads so they are very comfortable setting on the head for hours.  Hope 
that helps.

Deanna Prater BSN, RN
Director of Infection Control, Employee Health & Safety
600 Ranch Road
Reedsport, Oregon 97467
(541) 271-6323
Fax: (541) 271-6353
dprater at luhonline.com

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>We are seeing a good amount of mask/eye protection fatigue among our employees/staff. Some of this is related to fogging of eyewear and some of it is related to comfort issues from wearing PPE for long hours/having to change them frequently based on entry/exit into rooms. I am anticipating that a few, if not most of you, are versed with this issue at this stage of the pandemic. I have suggested a few easy solutions to our leadership that we will oversee implementation of. However, I am reaching out to see if there is any particular PPE/equipment that you use at your facilities or can recommend to deal with these issues.?
>On a similar note, the ENVO respirators appear to be a popular choice; however, they are not suitable for us in healthcare due to the exhalation port. They do now provide valve plugs and a separate headgear which is valveless. Can anyone share any pearls of wisdom regarding their use?
>Abhijay P. Karandikar, MD, MPH, FACOEMChief, Section of Occupational Medicine & Employee HealthReading Hospital/Tower HealthWest Reading, PA
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