Track: OEM Clinical Practice
Philip Harber, MD, MPH, FACOEM*, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Robert K. McLellan, MD, MPH, FAAFP, FACOEM*, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
Raymond Roberge, MD, MPH, National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory/NIOSH, Pittsburgh, PA
Respiratory personal protective devices (respirators) are increasingly used in service industries and community settings as well as in traditional industrial/mining situations. This session will review practical aspects as well as recent research/policy updates. This session will include discussion of medical assessment for respirator use, respirator programs for disaster/epidemic preparedness, policy challenges, fit testing, and current research/future directions. Formal presentations will be complemented by practical case discussions. This session will be particularly relevant to new applications such as community use, surge capacity for preparedness, and applications to unusual circumstances.