Recommendation 1: Use Fit-Tested N95 Respirators
Healthcare workers (including those in non-hospital settings)
who are in close contact with individuals with nH1N1 influenza
or influenza-like illnesses should use fit-tested N95 respirators
or respirators that are demonstrably more effective as
one measure in the continuum of safety and infection control
efforts to reduce the risk of infection.
• The committee endorses the current CDC guidelines
and recommends that these guidelines should be continued
until or unless further evidence can be provided
to the effect that other forms of protection or other
guidelines are equally or more effective.
• Employers should ensure that the use and fit testing of
N95 respirators be conducted in accordance with
OSHA regulations, and healthcare workers should use
the equipment as required by regulations and employer
policies.

Author: Institute of Medicine from Institute of Medicine

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