COVID-19: Low-cost PPE evaluation, decontamination
COVID-19: Rapid development of guidelines for low-cost PPE evaluation and decontamination for resource-limited settings
The goal of this work is to provide evidence to inform:
1. the creation and assessment of locally-available protective equipment, when none of the recommended options are available, and
2. locally appropriate recommendations for conservation of available personal protective equipment (PPE) through extended use and reuse.
Why we care about this
Frontline healthcare workers (HCWs) are crucial to managing the current COVID-19 pandemic, yet they risk their own health when PPE is not available. In many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), frontline HCWs have little or no access to PPE recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and are left with scant guidance on how to protect themselves. Furthermore, the global demand for PPE and shortages in high-income countries are making PPE supply chains and costs even more inaccessible for LMICs.
Why we see the knowledge we are generating as strategic
If HCWs cannot be adequately protected, vulnerable health systems in low-resource settings may collapse, increasing the COVID-19 case fatality rate due to lack of appropriate supportive care. The purpose of the proposed research is to generate important evidence that will help hospitals in low-income settings extend the life of existing PPE and evaluate the suitability of alternative equipment.
What stage on the Stairway of Research contribution to problem solving
Stage 3 – Develop an intervention to interrupt generation of the problem
April 2020 – March 2021
Stage of work
What has been accomplished so far within the project
What are we focusing on now
We are conducting testing on new methods for decontamination and reusability of masks and gloves.
Primary Contact: Ashley Styczynski
Steve Luby, Professor of Medicine
Manu Prakash, Associate Professor of Bioengineering
Thomas Weiser, Associate Professor of Surgery
Thomas Baer, Executive Director, Stanford Photonics Research Center
Ashley Styczynski, Infectious Disease Fellow
Shailabh Kumar, Postdoctoral Scholar
Laura Kwong, Postdoctoral Scholar
Yasmin Reyes, Research Manager
Alliya Qazi, Postdoctoral Scholar
Helen Pitchik, Doctoral Candidate
Yoshika Crider, Doctoral Candidate
UC San Francisco
Nichole Starr, Surgical Resident
Ajay Pillarisetti, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India
Arnab Bhattacharya, Professor of Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science