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2011 MAXAIR®, Protecting the faces of Healthcare Workers in 'Contagion'

October 9, 2011, Irvine, CA - MAXAIR® Systems is pleased to announce its appearance in Steven Soderbergh’s newest global pandemic-thriller, Contagion, a movie about the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus. Many have said this is one of the most realistic movies made to date about a pandemic threat.

The MAXAIR Powered air Purifying Respirators (PAPRs), which appear in the movie, provide respiratory protection against airborne (aerosol and droplet) and particulates. All are NIOSH approved designs whose heritage originated in healthcare over 20 years ago and have become the respirators of choice verses conventional PAPRs and N95 mask designs.

“Altogether, Contagion felt like a frighteningly realistic thriller, an eye-opener,” says Corey Wick, Marketing Manager for MAXAIR ,  and “of course we’re excited and honored to be in the movie. More importantly, the theme reinforces the need for increased healthcare worker respiratory protection and public safety, especially during pandemic response. “

Contagion has gone on to infect moviegoers enough to catch a top spot at the box office, which took in over $65M domestically and $72M worldwide in the first month.  There are eight actors in its cast who’ve been nominated by the Academy: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, John Hawkes, Elliott Gould, Jude Law, and Laurence Fishburne.

As the fast-moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure, finding it difficult to control the panic as it spreads faster than the virus itself.  At the same time, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart. This movie touches on a variety of themes, from the factors driving mass panic to the responsibilities and consequences of public health response.

When asked about the movie, Vincent Gonzalez, Director of Sales said “Soderbergh's creative team really liked the wide-angle view of the faces of the actors wearing them.“

If you haven’t seen Contagion yet, you should. It’s exciting, thought-provoking, and largely accurate. The good news behind the Contagion story could be the increased awareness of the work done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), whose professionals are keeping us safe as well as the need for pandemic response and emergency preparedness.

About MAXAIR Systems

MAXAIR® Systems by Bio-Medical Devices, Intl. is a recognized leader in advanced respiratory and contact protection for various environments in healthcare, bio-research labs, and industrial markets.   MAXAIR® powered air purifying respirators (PAPR) provide protection, comfort and value, are hose-free, easier to use and do not require fit-testing.

For more information, contact Corey Wick, Marketing Manager, Bio-Medical Devices, Intl., 800-443-3842 or visit www.maxair-systems.com. Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/maxairsystems