Feds Act To Get More N95 Masks To Healthcare Workers

By By Dan Hounsell
April 16, 2021
NARONG JHANWATTANA / Shutterstock.com

Ensuring front-line healthcare workers and other essential employees in healthcare facilities have adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) has been a challenge throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Even as the pandemic enters its second year, the federal government continues its efforts to expand PPE access and availability.

Federal officials recently announced new measures to get fresh, new N95 masks to healthcare workers and expand their use in other industries after scientists argued that the highly protective masks are essential to keep workers safe from COVID-19, according to Kaiser Health News.

The changes come as U.S. mask-makers say demand from hospitals is so sluggish that they’ve laid off workers and fear some new protective gear companies could collapse. Yet in a letter to lawmakers, hospitals cite ongoing concerns about scarce supplies, saying limits on which workers should get N95s must stay in place.

Among the new moves: The Food and Drug Administration plans to eventually revoke its approval of the widespread crisis-era practice of decontaminating N95 respirators and returning them to front-line workers to use again.

See the latest posts on our homepage


Topic Area: Infection Control

Recent Posts
Recent Posts

New Tools Support Design for Behavioral Health

Resources connect built environment to better health outcomes and reduced cost of care


Cyber Attack Hampers Scripps Health’s Operations

Weekend attack continues to plague San Diego-based healthcare system


4 Lighting Examples That Improve Visitor Experience

See how the Center for Health & Wellbeing uses lighting to create inviting and healthy spaces.


Capital Planning and the Role of Risk

Incorporating risk helps managers create a capital plan that allows for effective allocation of capital


Case Study: Nature Inspires Healing from Outside In

Facility provides mental health services in underserved region of North Carolina


Post Comment


News & Updates • Webcast Alerts • Building Technologies

All fields are required.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.