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2005 Bio-Medical Devices International Inc. Launches MAXAIR® Personal Protection Respiratory Protection System

MAXAIR® hose-free PAPR provides healthcare workers with unparalleled comfort and efficiency in particulate protection

(Irvine, Calif.; Feb. 15, 2005):  Proper respiratory protection for healthcare workers no longer means being encumbered by heavy, awkward and loud powered-air purifying respirators (PAPRs) or inefficient and uncomfortable face masks.  Bio-Medical Devices International Inc. (BMDI), a leader in personal respiratory protection and infection control barriers, has introduced the MAXAIR® Respiratory Protection System to the healthcare and safety markets.  This innovative hose-free PAPR sets a new standard for the industry, offering healthcare workers the ultimate in both protection and comfort.


Mobility – MAXAIR’s patented hose-free design provides healthcare workers complete freedom of movement.  This increased mobility translates into improved productivity, as well as increased comfort and satisfaction.

Protection – MAXAIR has an HE-approved rating with an efficiency level of N100 from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  MAXAIR provides the highest level of protection from dust and mist particles, as well as protection from aerosolized and blood-borne pathogens.  The system provides HEPA*-level protection, not just around the user’s nose and mouth (as with face masks), but also protection of the entire face, head and neck.  MAXAIR is the first and only hose-free PAPR system receiving both NIOSH approval and FDA allowance for the industrial and healthcare fields.

Independent studies have shown that surgical face masks offer minimal protection.  In fact, many healthcare workers have a false sense of security, believing that they are better protected than they actually are.  The MAXAIR system provides healthcare workers with an assigned protection factor (APF) of 1000 and above, as compared to N95 dust masks and surgical masks that are generally worn by healthcare workers, which have an APF of five and under respectively.

Comfort – A whisper-quiet motor contained inside the helmet provides improved hearing and communication in the work environment.  The expansive 20-millimeter polycarbonate lens offers unobstructed views and continuous positive pressure airflow of six to eight cubic feet per minute (CFM) over the user’s face, providing a fog-free field of vision and a cooling effect for the user.  The ergonomically designed, lightweight helmet and battery minimize user fatigue and stress.

About Bio-Medical Devices International Inc.

Bio-Medical Devices International Inc. was founded in 1991 and began developing and manufacturing respiratory and surgical products to meet the distinct needs of the healthcare and medical markets.  BMDI develops and manufactures its products from facilities located in Irvine, Calif., Chino, Calif., and Tijuana, Mexico. For more information about BMDI, call (800) 44-DEVICE (443-3842) or visit