Personal protective equipment is used every day by healthcare workers to protect themselves and patients when providing care. PPE protects healthcare workers from potentially infectious patients and toxic contagions. Few others have done more during this time of crisis to keep us safe, and we owe healthcare workers the best protective equipment available.
Powered air-purifying respirators (PAPR) protect healthcare workers from airborne contaminants. OSHA defines PAPR as an air-purifying respirator that uses a blower to force the ambient air through air-purifying elements to the inlet covering. Our PAPR systems include a motor, blower, filter, headgear, and a breathing tube. PAPR systems eliminate the need for loose-fitting or uncomfortable masks.
PAPR respirators offer the user increased comfort and a fully integrated system of personal protective equipment, including head, eye, face, and respiratory protection. The wearer can naturally breathe through air being delivered into the headgear from the blower. Other benefits include integrated eye protection and PPE from the neck up. Instead of using eyewear built by one company, ear protection built by another, and a respirator from an entirely different source, users can consolidate their protection under one hood. This prevents PPE jeopardization, such as a loose-fitting face mask fogging up eye protection. PAPR systems are approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). They are designed for all-day comfort and to be worn for the entire shift. Healthcare workers that require special PPE for COVID-19 units will find that our respirators provide Assigned Protection Factor (APF) values of up to 1000, depending on the type of headgear or facepiece used.
PAPR respirators restrict face touching, thereby increasing protection from Coronavirus respiratory droplets. They provide a more complete, comprehensive PPE for healthcare workers, and professionals in dangerous conditions will find this all-around protection necessary. PAPR hoods are difficult to wear wrong, and they don’t require any kind of fit test.