Director of Campus Animal Resources and University Veterinarian Claire Hankenson has championed Michigan State University’s use of vaporized hydrogen peroxide (VHP) to decontaminate and repurpose personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic. The decontamination is taking place at an available animal research facility. When combined with the heating decontamination process being used by MSU Extension, the University now has the capacity to decontaminate nearly 15,000 pieces of PPE per day.
Michigan State University is the first public institution in the state to employ the VHP decontamination process at this scale. In addition to overseeing animal health for the University, Hankenson, DVM, MS, belongs to the Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation at the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine.
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