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In this video, we will quote exactly what is on the gov.uk website regarding the government recommendations for FFP3 masks.

FFP3 respirators are used to prevent inhalation of small airborne particles arising from aerosol-generating procedures or AGPs.

All respirators should:

·      be well fitted, covering both nose and mouth
·      not be allowed to dangle around the neck of the wearer after or between each use
·      not be touched once put on
·      be removed outside the patient room or cohort area or COVID-19 ward

Respirators can be single-use or single session use (disposable) and fluid-resistant. Note that valved respirators are not fully fluid-resistant unless they are also ‘shrouded’. If a valved, non-shrouded FFP3 respirator is used then it should be accompanied by full-face protection for use in AGPs or higher risk acute care areas.

FFP3 respirators filter at least 99% of airborne particles. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) state that all staff who are required to wear an FFP3 respirator must be fit tested for the relevant model to ensure an adequate seal or fit (according to the manufacturers’ guidance). Fit checking (according to the manufacturers’ guidance) is necessary when a respirator is donned to ensure an adequate seal has been achieved.

Care needs to be taken as facial hair can infringe the respirator seal.

Respirators are for single-use or single session and then are to be discarded as healthcare clinical waste or if re-usable cleaned accorded manufacturer’s instructions.  Hand hygiene must always be performed after disposal.

The respirator should be discarded and replaced and NOT be subject to continued use in any of the following circumstances:

·      is damaged
·      is soiled (for example, with secretions, body fluids)
·      is damp
·      facial seal is compromised
·      is uncomfortable
·      is difficult to breathe through

The manufacturers’ guidance should be followed in regard to the maximum duration of use.

The HSE has stated that FFP2 and N95 respirators (filtering at least 94% and 95% of airborne particles respectively) offer protection against COVID-19 and may be used if FFP3 respirators are not available.