We are fully committed to helping fight the spread of COVID-19 by supporting healthcare workers around the world. This pandemic is affecting all of us, and we are doing everything we can to support public health–including increasing our global output of Filtering Facepiece Respirators (FFRs), such as N95s, and getting them to healthcare providers on the front lines of the pandemic. With supply challenges around the world, many facilities are looking to optimize their personal protective equipment (PPE).
Currently, demand for personal protective equipment continues to far exceed supply for the entire industry with some health care facilities increasing their consumption of PPE by up to 20 times pre-pandemic. As we continue to expand our production, we are also working with governments and others to prioritize, triage and redirect respirator supplies to serve the most critical needs and areas. Here you’ll find information pertaining to respirator supply optimization and extended use of respirators based on guidelines from organizations like the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This document provides information related to the fit and filtration impact of decontamination methods on certain 3M filtering facepiece respirator (FFR) models.
Optimizing the Supply of N95 Respirators which recommends conventional capacity strategies, contingency capacity strategies (during expected shortages) and crisis strategies (during known shortages).
The CDC published a document that discusses reuse and extended use of N95s as a crisis strategy as well as guidelines on decontaminating and reusing FFRs.
3M is continuing to address the COVID-19 pandemic with many tactics to help protect those responding to the outbreak, including healthcare workers and first responders. In early April, 3M reached an agreement with the U.S. government on a plan that, with the Trump Administration’s assistance, will enable FEMA to import 166.5 million respirators into the United States from our plants in Asia.
Prolonged use of PPE may impact skin and cause various levels of skin breakdown. Explore some simple ways you can help protect skin and minimize that breakdown.
Explore the range of respiratory protection options for the healthcare setting:
The CDC offers an informative comparison chart highlighting the differences in these types of PPE.
Select the appropriate PPE to help protect you from anticipated hazards in a variety of settings.