AHN Turns to New Masks on Frontlines of COVID-19 Battle

Hospitals will begin to use P100 masks to conserve their supplies of disposable face masks.
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As N95 masks become a scarce resource during the COVID-19 pandemic, some Pittsburgh hospitals will begin using masks that aren’t commonly seen in a medical setting.

Allegheny Health Network has announced it will supply P100 face masks to medical professionals working on the front lines against COVID-19. Serving as an alternative to N95 masks, the P100 is designed for reuse and blocks 99.7% of particles in the air.

“We want our clinical teams to be 100-percent focused on the care of our patients with full confidence that they have the [personal protective equipment] they need to do their jobs at this critical time,” says Sri Chalikonda, AHN’s Chief Medical Operations Officer.

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The national shortage of disposable face masks has made AHN consider alternative safety options. The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control have confirmed that NIOSH-approved masks, such as the P100 models, can be an alternative for N95 supplies. 

The hospital system will be using The Advantage 200 LS Respirator from Cranberry-based company MSA, a manufacturer of safety equipment. AHN will distribute 4,000 of these masks across the hospital system.

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