Frequently asked questions—N95 mask fit testing and expanded use

How do I get fit tested to an N95 respirator?
Updated on 12/02/2020 at 5:20 pm
  1. First, complete the required OSHA survey in ReadySet
  2. Schedule a fit testing with the University Employee Health Clinic (UEHC). You can do this by calling UEHC at 319-356-3631 to schedule your 15-to-20-minute appointment. UEHC is located at 1097-1 Boyd Tower, at UI Hospitals & Clinics (Elevator A, Level 1). Hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Why do I need to be fit tested for an N95?
Updated on 12/02/2020 at 5:21 pm

N95 masks require fit testing to ensure they are most effective. An unfitted N95 mask offers no better protection than a surgical or isolation mask.

What if I am assigned and fitted to use a CAPR, rather than an N95?
Updated on 12/02/2020 at 5:23 pm

For those who are currently fitted to use a CAPR, CAPRs should only be used in COVID-19 positive patient circumstances. If you are participating in an AGP with a patient who does not have COVID-19, you should either wear a medical-grade face mask, or someone else who is fitted to an N95 may perform the procedure in your place.

For the CAPR disposable lenses, you should continue cleaning these as you have done. You will not discard these after each use.

It is safe to perform an aerosol-generating procedure (AGP) without an N95 on a patient who does not have COVID-19.