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CME / ABIM MOC / CE

Do N95 Respirator Masks Provide Superior COVID-19 Protection for Clinicians?

  • Authors: News Author: Lisa O’Mary; CME Author: Laurie Barclay, MD
  • CME / ABIM MOC / CE Released: 1/20/2023
  • Valid for credit through: 1/20/2024
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  • Credits Available

    Physicians - maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

    ABIM Diplomates - maximum of 0.25 ABIM MOC points

    Nurses - 0.25 ANCC Contact Hour(s) (0 contact hours are in the area of pharmacology)

    Pharmacists - 0.25 Knowledge-based ACPE (0.025 CEUs)

    Physician Assistant - 0.25 AAPA hour(s) of Category I credit

    IPCE: 0.25 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit

    You Are Eligible For

    • Letter of Completion
    • ABIM MOC points

Target Audience and Goal Statement

This activity is intended for infectious disease clinicians, internists, family medicine/primary care clinicians, nurses/nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physician assistants and other members of the health care team involved in protection from COVID-19.

The goal of this activity is for the healthcare team to be better able to describe whether medical masks are noninferior to N95 respirators to prevent COVID-19 in health care workers providing routine care, based on a multicenter, randomized, noninferiority trial at 29 health care facilities in Canada, Israel, Pakistan, and Egypt from May 4, 2020, to March 29, 2022.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will:

  • Assess whether medical masks are noninferior to N95 respirators to prevent COVID-19 in health care workers providing routine care, based on a multicenter, randomized, noninferiority trial
  • Evaluate the clinical and public health implications of whether medical masks are noninferior to N95 respirators to prevent COVID-19 in health care workers providing routine care, based on a multicenter, randomized, noninferiority trial
  • Outline implications for the healthcare team


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News Author

  • Lisa O’Mary

    Freelance writer, Medscape

    Disclosures

    Lisa O’Mary has no relevant financial relationships.

CME Author

  • Laurie Barclay, MD

    Freelance writer and reviewer
    Medscape, LLC

    Disclosures

    Laurie Barclay, MD, has the following relevant financial relationships:
    Formerly owned stocks in: AbbVie Inc.

Editor/Compliance Reviewer

  • Amanda Jett, PharmD, BCACP

    Associate Director, Accreditation and Compliance, Medscape, LLC

    Disclosures

    Amanda Jett, PharmD, BCACP, has no relevant financial relationships.

Nurse Planner

  • Leigh Schmidt, MSN, RN, CNE, CHCP

    Associate Director, Accreditation and Compliance, Medscape, LLC

    Disclosures

    Leigh Schmidt, MSN, RN, CNE, CHCP, has no relevant financial relationships.


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CME / ABIM MOC / CE

Do N95 Respirator Masks Provide Superior COVID-19 Protection for Clinicians?

Authors: News Author: Lisa O’Mary; CME Author: Laurie Barclay, MDFaculty and Disclosures

CME / ABIM MOC / CE Released: 1/20/2023

Valid for credit through: 1/20/2024

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References

  1. Chou R. Comparative effectiveness of mask type in preventing SARS-CoV-2 in health care workers: uncertainty persists. Ann Intern Med. Published online November 29, 2022. https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/10.7326/m22-3219. Accessed November 29, 2022.
  2. Loeb M, et al. Medical masks versus N95 respirators for preventing COVID-19 among health care workers: a randomized trial. Ann Intern Med. Published online November 29, 2022. https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/10.7326/M22-1966. Accessed November 29, 2022.
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