Are KN95 masks provided to healthcare workers reliable? The high demand of N95 masks has disrupted the usual supply chain. Therefore hospitals and other healthcare facilities had to turn to non traditional suppliers of PPE here in the US or in other countries. While things are not as bad as they used to be at the beginning of the covid-19 crisis, disruptions still occur and a lot a unscrupulous manufacturers are trying to sell counterfeit or defective products to hospitals.
When turning to non traditional suppliers how can healthcare providers make sure that they are buying masks that will protect their workers?
The ECRI institute recently published a video with recommendations form experts on how to vet a new mask supplier. Here are the top 10 recommendations: