Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has promoted a shortage of filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs) and the emergence of new FFRs brands. We aimed to determine the fit provided by in-use FFRs in Peruvian healthcare workers (HCWs) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: We enrolled 279 HCWs from 37 primary healthcare centers with highest burden of care for TB in Peru, of which 263 were assessed using quantitative fit tests (QNFT). Results were expressed as real-time fit factor (rt-FF) and overall fit factor (overall-FF), which was categorized as ≥100 (optimal result), 50–99, and <50. Results: We identified 3M 1860 FFRs (33.1%), Xiantao Zhong Yi ZYB-11 FFRs (24.6%) and Makrite 9500 FFRs (20.5%), mainly. Eighty-seven FFRs (33.1%) had an optimal overall-FF, 27 (10.3%) between 50–99, and 149 (56.6%) less than 50. Of the 87 FFRs with optimal overall-FF, 73 (83.9%) were 3M 1860 FFRs. Of the 27 FFRs with overall-FF between 50–99, 7 (25.9%) were Makrite 9500, while of the 149 with overall-FF less than 50, 58 (38.9%), and 47 (31.5%) were Xiantao Zhong Yi ZYB-11 and Makrite 9500, respectively. Conclusion: Xiantao Zhong Yi and Makrite FFRs do not adapt adequately to the face of Peruvian HCWs, most having fit factors less than 50.
|Journal||International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health|
|State||Published - Aug 2023|
- fit testing
- respiratory protection