Henry Ford researchers develop protocol to sterilize certain masks

Mask under light. (WDIV)

DETROIT – The lack of PPE has health care workers reusing masks intended to be used just once.

A team of dermatologists at the Henry Ford Health System realized that their expertise with UV light might be helpful in easing the shortage if they could find a way to sterilize those masks.

Their research is being published in hopes of giving others a model for safely reusing certain masks.

“We came together and looked at what could we do to understand using light, specifically UVC light to allow us to repurpose personal protective equipment,” said Dr. Iltefat Hamzavi, a dermatologist in the Photomedicine unit at Henry Ford Health.

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Written by Sarah Mayberry.

Originally published March 26, 2020.

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