How Duke Hospital found a way to recycle PPE for repeated use

Back in the spring, the search for PPE was perhaps as stressful as the search for TP.

Fortunately for most households, paper products are back on the shelves. For hospitals, however, personal protective equipment, such as N95 masks remain a critical, if not endangered, resource.

“It is the appropriate level of respiratory protection from this virus,” Dr. Matthew Stiegel, Duke Health’s Director of Occupational and Environmental Safety, said of the masks. “We don’t have any ability to pick something that wouldn’t provide that level of protection.”

Shortages of PPE, in fact, have plagued almost every county in every state across the country, leaving local governments, first responder agencies and health care facilities competing with each other and the entire world in their quest to keep their workers safe.

Read more in ABC Eyewitness News.