HealthPartners is touting an ultraviolet decontamination process for much sought-after N95 respirators.

“It allows us to reuse our highly valuable N95 masks, which would typically be thrown out after being used and everybody is in low supplies of the N95, so to be able to reuse a mask 5 times changes the whole picture.”

Dr. Greg Siwek says the process, tested by 3M, would allow the masks to be disinfected daily and reused up to five times. Siwek says the process will likely be enacted at some local hospitals as soon as this week, and could potentially be used in health care facilities across the country.