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20. march, the University hospital of North Norway (UNN) in Tromsø and a delivery of several thousand åndedrettsmasker, also known as P3 masks, from a private party.

the Masks are a part of smittevernutstyret used among other things in the work with koronasmittede patients.

But while the TREAT was waiting for a kvalitetssjekk of the product, was around 700 stitches by mistake taken in the use of the 150 to 200 employees at a isolatpost by intensivmedisinsk department.

It without that TREAT knew how tight the masks actually are.

– The current screens are now analysed at the Norwegian Defence research establishment. They have concluded that kopimasken does not satisfy the requirements for respiratory protection in the same way that the original P2 and P3 masks, type TREAT in a press release Tuesday.

According to the TREAT is kopimasken to be considered on a par with surgical face mask.

200 employees at the intensive care unit at the TREAT to be tested for koronaviruset every other day, after beskyttelsesmaskene they used were of the wrong quality.

Photo: Per-Christian Johansen / TREAT 80 employees tested, but not infected

All the current screens are now replaced with approved P3 masks. Most of the around 700 the masks were handed out by the newly established intensivposten for Covid-19-patients at UNN Tromsø.

– It is set in the time testing of the approximately. 200 TREAT employees as a result of the incident. In the course of gårdagen was around 80 employees tested. All these tests were negative.

TREAT informs in the press release that they will continue testing as long as it is behiv to protect the involved employees the best possible.

– Regrettable error

Preliminary tests that were made of the masks showed that they had not as high filtreringsgrad as ordinary P3 masks. The masks that were in use were in accordance with the procedures have been set to the side until the quality was checked.

– Although we have routines for how this should be handled, so was it not handled according to the procedures. It is a regrettable error, ” says Schumacher.

the hospital management, nevertheless, believe not that it involves any risk for their patients.

the Managing director of the University hospital of North Norway (UNN) Anita Schumacher.

Photo: Rune Stoltz Bertinussen/Scanpix

– But when it comes to our employees is it creates an uncertainty when we can’t say how much protection the masks have given, ” says sykehusdirektør Anita Schumacher.

Therefore, have affected employees been surveyed and tested for koronaviruset every other day, after the error was discovered. In the meantime, they have not been quarantined.

– It is not possible to put so many people at an intensive care unit in quarantine. If they have symptoms of korona, so they should not be on the job, but we have a tight monitoring of the employees now, ” says Schumacher.

– It is not to add hide the fact that this is a burden for our employees. We have a significant task to deal with this in the best possible way.

An employee at UNN, carries here a åndedrettsmaske, P3-mask. The image is taken in a different occasion.

Photo: Per-Christian Johansen / TREAT To get new masks before easter

In addition to the traditional national suppliers of equipment to hospitals, has TREAT got the masks from ten private suppliers. Schumacher says that they are glad to get the private offer in a time where the lack of equipment has been a fact.

– Products that have not been through the national quality control, should be set aside until they have been quality assured. It has happened to us is not something we had foreseen, but which we now must take the consequence of.

TREAT is promised a new delivery of masks before the holidays.

the University hospital of North Norway in Tromsø.

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