Respiratory protective equipment (RPE) includes close fitting masks such as N95 and FFP2 respirators, reusable half masks and powered air purifying respirators. Disposable RPE (N95 or FFP2) is most commonly used by healthcare workers in medical settings. When used correctly RPE can filter small particles, including aerosol-borne pathogens, which may be created during aerosol generating procedures, or naturally occurring for specific pathogens. are an essential part of the personal protective equipment (PPE) required to protect healthcare workers.
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased global demand for PPE, including RPE, resulting in large scale procurement by national and international organisations and increased competition for PPE. This has encouraged new manufacturers without experience in PPE production to join the market and made experienced producers to rapidly upscale production.
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