The N95 respirator is a commonplace piece of equipment for many people in the healthcare community. But just what exactly does this N95 stand for?
For starters, a respirator is a piece of personal protective equipment that is a requirement when treating people with diseases such as TB and SARS. A respirator is worn to protect the worker from the patient, such as one would wear gloves. Do not get the N95 confused with face masks. A face mask is similar to an N95 only in that it provides a degree of protection between the wearer and the environment. The level of protection is lesser on the face mask however, as face masks are loose-fitting, and will not provide a seal between mask and skin, like the N95 does. This higher level of protection only holds up if you receive proper fitting of an N95 however. Hence, the mask fit test.
The N portion of N95 stands for ‘not’. An N95 respirator is not resistant to oil. There are other respirators with different designations, like the R and P ratings. R ratings are oil resistant, whereas P ratings mean the respirator is oil proof.
The 95 portion of the title means the respirator is ’95% or greater filtration efficient against particulate aerosols (droplets 0.3 microns in diameter)’. Now what does this really mean you ask? This means that an N95 respirator will, when properly worn, protect the wearer from 95% of particles that are very small – down to 0.3 microns -in size.
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Are you going through a post-Halloween zombie withdrawal? Imaginary zombie attacks are great tools to encourage people to be prepared for anything!
The Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation made a short zombie movie – The Undeading – to highlight the ease of Compression-Only CPR. You can also check out their website for more information and behind-the-scenes details!
Following along the same lines, visit the provincial Emergency Info website to check out Zombie Preparedness Week, a campaign run in 2012 to prepare BC residents to deal with zombies… or flooding, earthquakes or tsunamis!
Prefer your emergency training with less rotting flesh? Visit Emergency Management BC!
If you’re bookmarking links for later, here are the three main steps of Emergency Preparedness:
1 – Know The Risks In Your Area
Is it flooding? A landslide? An earthquake?
2 – Make a Plan
Find the safe exits from your home and neighbourhood, plan a meeting spot to reunite with family and friends, and pre-arrange an out-of-province contact for check-ins so friends and family will know you’re okay.
3 – Get an Emergency Kit
At Link2Life, we now carry a variety of products – including First Aid Kits and Emergency Preparedness Kits from Clearly Prepared. These First Aid Kits are perfect for home, office and travel, and Emergency Preparedness Kits hold all of the basic requirements to get you through the first 72-hours after an emergency. From mild to severe, these kits ensure you will be prepared for anything from a paper cut to an earthquake. Do you drive to work everyday? Take a look at the First Aid Kit! Think your office could benefit from a few first aid essentials? Check out the First Aid Kit! Have a neighbour or partner who has decided to take it upon themselves to do their own remodelling? A First Aid Kit might be just what Santa ordered.
Every municipality has its own location-specific plan, visit the links below for more information:
Interested in learning how to effectively use an Emergency or First Aid Kit? Take a Link2Life Standard First Aid class to learn more!