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Mask Fit Testing and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) as of May 23, 2014 there were 635 Laboratory confirmed cased of infection and 193 dealth as a result of MERS globally.  This is slowlly starting to become a point of interest for WHO member nations across the globe as cases and suspected cases of MERS are showing up.    According to the world health organizations website...

"WHO advice

Based on the current situation and available information, WHO encourages all Member States to continue their surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) and to carefully review any unusual patterns.

Infection prevention and control measures are critical to prevent the possible spread of MERS-CoV in health care facilities. Health-care facilities that provide for patients suspected or confirmed to be infected with MERS-CoV infection should take appropriate measures to decrease the risk of transmission of the virus from an infected patient to other patients, health-care workers and visitors. Health-care workers should be educated, trained and refreshed with skills on infection prevention and control.

It is not always possible to identify patients with MERS-CoV early because some have mild or unusual symptoms. For this reason, it is important that health-care workers apply standard precautions consistently with all patients – regardless of their diagnosis – in all work practices all the time.

Droplet precautions should be added to the standard precautions when providing care to all patients with symptoms of acute respiratory infection. Contact precautions and eye protection should be added when caring for probable or confirmed cases of MERS-CoV infection. Airborne precautions should be applied when performing aerosol generating procedures.

Patients should be managed as potentially infected when the clinical and epidemiological clues strongly suggest MERS-CoV, even if an initial test on a nasopharyngeal swab is negative. Repeat testing should be done when the initial testing is negative, preferably on specimens from the lower respiratory tract..." (

It is clear that infection control plays a major part in the prevention of spread and protection of healthcare workers.  They have also suggested droplet precautions be added.

Synergy provides N95 Mask Fit Testing services to healthcare organizations across Ontario.  Our programs are endorsed by Canada's largest universities and colleges and used by national healthcare operators.  We provide onsite programs that can help organizations educate their staff on N95 Respirator Use and Selection along with techniques on proper creation of Facial Seals.

If you would like more information or a quote for your organization, please contact us by email at:  or call us directly at 416.850.1079 ext. 315


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