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Brazilian Journal of Microbiology

Print version ISSN 1517-8382On-line version ISSN 1678-4405

Abstract

BARBOSA, Maria Helena  and  GRAZIANO, Kazuko Uchikawa. Influence of wearing time on efficacy of disposable surgical masks as microbial barrier. Braz. J. Microbiol. [online]. 2006, vol.37, n.3, pp.216-217. ISSN 1517-8382.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1517-83822006000300003.

The present study evaluated the efficacy of disposable surgical masks as a microbial barrier with 95% of Bacteria Filtration Efficacy (BFE) according to the wearing time (1, 2, 4 and 6 hours). The masks showed a decrease in efficacy after a 4-hour wearing time.

Keywords : surgical masks; hospital infection; microbial barrier.

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