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The CDC’s recommendation for optimizing the supply of facemasks include “contingency” and “crisis” capacity. These are steps hospitals can take if they are no longer at “conventional” capacity, when standard measures remain in effect. These guidelines, which are subject to change with the coronavirus pandemic, were current as of March 25.1
The CDC defines contingency capacity as practices that may be used temporarily during periods of expected facemask shortages. Crisis capacity may call for stopgap measures “that are not commensurate with U.S. standards of care,” the CDC states. Hospitals with conventional capacity should use facemasks according to product labeling and local, state, and federal requirements.
Contingency Capacity Methods:
Under extended use conditions:
Crisis Capacity Methods:
Prioritize facemasks for selected activities such as:
If facemasks are not available:
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