TTUHSC working on process to decontaminate N95 face masks - FOX34 Lubbock

TTUHSC working on process to decontaminate N95 face masks

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

A team at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center is working on a process that could decontaminate used face shields and N95 face masks.

Team De-Con is testing hydrogen peroxide vapor to fumigate batches of used protective equipment inside a large chamber to clean them. It's intended to sanitize the gear without degrading it.

The team includes four medical students chosen to work on the project.

"A cool point in our lives where we can put aside our education and move forward with the calling we have to be doctors. It's like I can be on the front lines and make a difference during this pandemic rather than just be sitting at home studying," medical student Habib Abla said.

The decontamination process is also being employed by a team from the Duke University Medical Center. 

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