3M 8210 N95 Masks

Monash Health has received 60,000 8210 N95 masks via the State Supply Chain and National Medical Stockpile. The masks have been reviewed by our PPE Expert Advisory Committee and are being distributed for use.

These non fluid-resistant N95 masks are safe to use in areas where there is a low risk of blood splash/arterial fluid exposure, including ICU, ED, COVID and SCOVID (Suspected COVID) wards.

The 8210 N95 should be used in combination with a face shield.

Where a high risk of fluid exposure exists, e.g. procedural work or theatre, a fluid-rated N95 should be used.

What are the details of the 8210 N95 mask?

The 8210 is similar to the 3M 1860 “Green Dome” mask. It is a medium-sized, cupped, non-valved N95.

The 8210 is not rated for arterial fluid-resistance, commonly referred to as ‘fluid resistance’, or ‘mask level 1\2\3’.

It is safe to use, in combination with a face shield, in areas where there is a low risk of blood splash/arterial fluid exposure, including ICU, ED, COVID and SCOVID (Suspected COVID) wards.

Where a high risk of fluid exposure exists, e.g. procedural work or theatre, a fluid-rated N95 should be used.

What areas are the 8210 N95 approved for use in?

The 8210 N95 masks are safe to use in areas where there is low risk of blood splash/arterial fluid exposure, including ICU, ED, COVID and SCOVID (Suspected COVID) wards.

What areas should the 8210 N95 not be used in?

Where a high risk of fluid exposure exists, e.g. theatre, a fluid-rated N95 should be used.

Should the 8210 N95 be used in combination with a face shield?

Yes.

How has Monash Health determined that the 8210 N95 is safe for use?

DHHS has advised the 8210 N95 masks are appropriate to use where there is a low risk of blood splash/arterial fluid exposure and supplied them for use via the National Supply Chain and National Medical Stockpile.

Use in these scenarios is approved by the Victorian DHHS PPE Taskforce and has the support of Worksafe, Safer Care Victoria and Monash Health’s PPE Expert Advisory Committee.

How long will the 8210 N95 mask be in use?

Our allocated volume is estimated to last less than two weeks.

What if I can’t achieve a good fit with the 8210 N95?

Most of our staff fit into a “medium” sized mask, but like clothing, every company’s ‘medium’ is slightly different. If you cannot achieve a good fit with the 8210, please use an available alternative mask.

What is does ‘arterial fluid-resistance’ mean? Should I be concerned?

The 8210 is not rated for arterial fluid-resistance, commonly referred to as ‘fluid resistance’, or ‘mask level 1\2\3’.

This test measures a 2ml jet via syringe of synthetic blood placed 30cm horizontally from the mask at three pressures (80\120\160mmhg) simulating an incidental arterial penetration in close proximity to a proceduralist’s face\mask. The test does not measure a mask’s general fluid resistance or ability to handle larger blood volumes at a lower pressure; however, it is inferred.

8210 N95 masks are safe to use, in combination with a face shield, in areas where there is a low risk of blood splash/arterial fluid exposure, including ICU, ED, COVID and SCOVID (Suspected COVID) wards.

Where a high risk of fluid exposure exists, e.g. procedural work or theatre, a fluid-rated N95 should be used.

The 8210 N95 designed appears to be designed for industrial use. Is it safe to use in clinical settings.  

Yes. The 8210 Mask is appropriate for use in these wards as there is low risk of arterial fluid exposure.

Use in these scenarios is approved by the Victorian DHHS PPE Taskforce and has the support of Worksafe, Safer Care Victoria and Monash Health’s PPE Expert Advisory Committee.

Worksafe: Managing coronavirus (COVID-19) risks: Healthcare and social assistance industry – Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE)

Are the 3M 8210 N95 masks safe for use in SCOVID\COVID Wards due to the droplet nature of the virus?

Yes. The 8210 Mask is appropriate for use in these wards as there is low risk of arterial fluid exposure.

Use in these scenarios is approved by the Victorian DHHS PPE Taskforce and has the support of Worksafe, Safer Care Victoria and Monash Health’s PPE Expert Advisory Committee.

Are the 3M 8210 N95 masks for use in theatre?

No

Are the 3M 8210 N95 masks for use in procedural areas?

No



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