Precautions For Optimizing The Supply Of Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR)1

- Sep 08, 2020-

Who this guide is for: Used by federal, state, and local public health officials, respiratory protection program managers, occupational health service managers, infection prevention and control programs, and other health care providers who are responsible for formulating and implementing policies. Procedures to prevent the spread of pathogens in medical institutions.


Purpose: This webpage describes the precautions for providing respiratory protection for medical practitioners (HCP) using electric air purifying respirators (PAPR) as part of a written respiratory protection plan that is formally developed and implemented. It solves the PAPR usage and maintenance practices of routine, emergency and crisis surge.


This interim guidance is based on current knowledge of the spread and severity of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19).


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this guide as needed and other information available. Please visit the CDC COVID-19 website regularly for the latest interim guidance.