Healthcare facilities in Nebraska are experimenting with new equipment disinfecting technique

April 2, 2020

The University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha is experimenting with ultraviolet light  to decontaminate medical supplies, according to an article on The New York Times website.

The center began an experimental procedure to decontaminate its masks with ultraviolet light and reuse them. Administrators plan to use each mask for a week or longer.

When administrators made the decision, they knew the procedure violated regulations promulgated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which said that if masks were decontaminated they could no longer be certified for use.

But the agency issued new guidance, saying that “as a last resort, it may be necessary” for hospitals to use masks that were not approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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