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Masks inside

How a nonprofit is helping hospitals clean and reuse medical masks in El Paso and New Mexico

Las Cruces Sun News

Posted by Algernon D'Ammassa on Jul 21, 2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio (July 21, 2020)—A hangar near El Paso International Airport holds 20-foot steel containers instead of airplanes, with workers entering and exiting the boxes, dressed in full protective gear in a scene reminiscent of a high-containment laboratory. 

Inside the boxes, hundreds of N95 medical masks sit on stainless shelves or hang from rods as fans blow, aerating them for hours after sitting in a hydrogen peroxide mist.

The site is one of 45 deployed across the United States by the Ohio-based nonprofit Battelle Memorial Institute, which has developed a technology for decontaminating medical-grade masks so they can be reused. 

To date, the company says it has sterilized more than 1.4 million masks and offers door-to-door service to medical and correctional facilities free of charge, including shipping to and from their facilities. 

Read the full article here.

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