Respiratory Protection Updates and Returning Healthcare Personnel to Work After Covid-19 Infection

Recorded: 9/18/20

Jeffrey (Jeff) C. Nesbitt, CIH, supervisor of industrial hygiene at Mayo Clinic and assistant professor of preventive medicine, explains where to find guidance for respirator use during COVID-19; when to wear a respirator; and precautionary measures for healthcare providers before using reprocessed N95 masks.

Melanie D. Swift, M.D., M.P.H., a preventive medicine specialist at Mayo Clinic, reviews the Centers for Disease Control’s current guidelines for employees returning to work after COVID-19 infection and what Mayo has experienced with its test-based strategy.

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Target Audience

Healthcare workers of all specialties who are being impacted by COVID-19, including physicians, research scientists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and anyone with a particular interest in prevention, treatment, and patient care.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity you will be able to:

Expert Guidance:
1. Explain where to find guidance for respirator use during COVID-19
2. Determine when to wear a respirator
3. Assess when to extend use or reuse a respirator

Reprocessing of N95 Respirators
1. Identify when it is appropriate to reprocess N95 respirators
2. Explain quality and performance requirements for reprocessed N95 respirators
3. Identify suitable reprocessing methods and quality indicators
4. Describe quality checks and precautionary measures that healthcare providers should take prior to use of reprocessed N95s

Returning Healthcare Personnel to Work After COVID-19 Infection
1. Describe the current CDC recommendations for releasing healthcare personnel to return to work after COVID-19 infection and their rationale.
2. Provide anticipatory guidance to COVID+ patients about returning to work.

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Holly M. Geyer, M.D.
Occupational Health Session
Course Director

Associate Professor of Medicine
Collage of Medicine
Mayo Clinic in Arizona

Devyani Lal, M.D.
Course Director

Associate Dean, Mayo Clinic School of       
Continuous Professional Development     
Professor of Otolaryngology,
College of Medicine
Chair, Division of Rhinology
Mayo Clinic in Arizona

Jeffrey (Jeff) C, Nesbitt, CIH
Assistant Professor of  Preventative Medicine,
College of Medicine
Occupational Safety
Mayo Clinic in Rochester

Melanie D. Swift, M.D., M.P.H.
Preventive Medicine
Senior Associate Consultant
Mayo Clinic in Rochester


Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

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  • 0.50 Attendance


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