Lyons AB, and Hamzavi IH. Ultraviolet C Induced Skin Reaction from Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation of N95 Respirators During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed 2020.
Photodermatology, photoimmunology & photomedicine
With the depletion of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic, methods for decontamination of N95 filtering facepiece respirators (FFR) are being implemented at institutions throughout the United States. Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) involves administration of ultraviolet C (UVC) irradiation to cause DNA damage to inactivate pathogens on surfaces including FFRs. With the widespread use of this technology may come unintended side effects. We present the case of a patient who developed a skin reaction following UVC exposure from a UVGI device.
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