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N99 versus N100 Hepa Filters for Ventilator Circuits: Clinical Effectiveness, Safety and Evidence-based Guidelines

Published on: December 20, 2018
Project Number: RA0997-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Devices and Systems
Report Type: Reference List
Result type: Report

Question

  1. What are the comparative safety and/or harm of N99 versus N100 hepa filters used within ventilator circuits in order to prevent/reduce transmission of illness in ventilated patients?
  2. What is the comparative cost-effectiveness of N99 versus N100 hepa filters used within ventilator circuits in order to prevent/reduce transmission of illness in ventilated patients?
  3. What are the evidence-based guidelines informing the use of N99 and/or N100 hepa filters in ventilated patients?

Key Message

No relevant literature was identified regarding the comparative safety or cost-effectiveness of N99 versus N100 ventilator circuits for reducing the transmission of illness for inpatients. In addition, no evidence-based guidelines were identified.

Tags

infection control, communicable disease control, cross infection, disease transmission, infectious, disinfection, inhalation exposure, materials testing, particle size, patient isolation, pneumonia, respiration, artificial, ventilators, mechanical, respiratory, Respirator, filter, N99, N100, Hepa filter, Ventilation, Mechanical ventilation, heat moisture exchange, Test, Cross-infection