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February 22, 2011, Irvine, CA  - MAXAIR System's  Industry Expert Offers Advice on Air/Water Infection Prevention to ICT Magazine

In an era of increased airborne contamination, Infection Control Magazine (ICT) asked members of industry to share what they believe are some of the best practices relating to containment and prevention in the healthcare environment.

Airborne Infections

Allan Schultz, Bio-Medical Devices International: The design and engineering controls that are part of all good infection prevention planning are the best methods to prevent and contain all types of infectious contamination. However, in the practical world, infections happen and spread. As evidenced by the recent NIOSH funded paper out of the University of West Virginia, we continually see evidence that aerosol transmission of harmful viruses and bacteria is likely more prevalent than less. Until there is consensus definition of the quantity of viruses/bacteria that causes infection, more personal protection is better than less. Increased use of higher protection devices, such as powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs) versus N95s and surgical masks, should be increasingly investigated on their merits of greater protection and increased user comfort and convenience. PAPRs provide inherently greater protection over mask respirators when they are worn. Additionally (and arguably more importantly), they are more comfortable with fewer wear-related side effects, and therefore enhance use-compliance, rather than decrease it as with N95s. By eliminating the need for annual fit-testing and with a “designed-in” universal fit, PAPRs provide greater protection without the stringent concerns for N95s as to how they are donned, use after use. Their protection is therefore less subjective. Newer designed PAPRs are increasingly more cost effective and reusable than masks, another key factor in the event of a pandemic.

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August 6, 2010, Irvine, CA – May5, 2009 - Respiratory protection in healthcare traditionally follows two technology paths, mask respirators (N95s) and powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs).

Bio-Medical Devices Intl. recognized that health-related events this decade and world economics underscore the need for a respirator that not only integrates the best features of both technologies, but also improves on them.

N95s provide lower protection due to filtration efficiency and poor fit, low user tolerance due to breathing resistance, heat and moisture buildup, and pressure points against the face, and high life-cycle cost due to need for stocking many types and sizes and the time and cost burden of annual fit-testing.

Conventional PAPRs are bulky, interfere with maneuverability, lack real-time safe operation status indicators, are difficult and time-consuming to de-con, and have high product cost and high life-cycle cost of disposables.

Healthcare workers demand a more tolerable respirator, comfortable and convenient, to facilitate use compliance. They need higher protection without the cost and burden of annual fit-testing. They need a respirator quick and easy to don and doff and that is compact to allow quick movement between patients without restriction. They need a combination of the disposable advantages that the N95 was to have and the reusable conveniences PAPRs were supposed to provide -- a merging of the technologies.

BMDI accomplished "the merge" with the MAXAIR 710-DLC CAPR.

Comfortable, light-weight integrated helmet

--No air-tube hose or bulky blower unit -- freedom of movement.

-- Increased comfort for all activities.

-- Reduced connections and uneven surfaces - easier and quicker de-con between uses.

-- Always visible, peripheral vision LEDs -- real-time safe airflow and battery charge indication.

Unique DLC, disposable lens-cuff

-- Easier and quicker to don and doff than N95s.

-- Superior filtration protection – no annual fit-testing.

-- Cost comparable to N95 and goggles.

CAPR provides safety, convenience, and comfort for high compliance use and optimal protection for low to high-risk challenges during infectious patient care.

MAXAIR CAPR is the optimum daily use respirator, highly deployable, with a life-cycle cost more advantageous than N95s or conventional PAPRs.

For more information, visit www.maxair-systems.com

Sacramento—July 7, 2009—The nation’s first standard to safeguard workers from the spread of airborne diseases was approved yesterday by California’s Office of Administrative Law and filed with the Secretary of State. With full support from labor and management stakeholders, on May 21 the Cal/OSHA Standards Board unanimously approved the Aerosol Transmissible Disease (ATD) standard which is designed to protect workers in healthcare and related industries from the spread of diseases such as tuberculosis, measles, influenza, and other pathogens spread by coughing and sneezing. The standard becomes effective on August 5.

“This first in the nation standard is a milestone in workplace safety,” said Department of Industrial Relations Director John C. Duncan. “It is designed to protect employees who are likely to come in contact with transmittable diseases which is especially significant due to recent events such as the H1N1 swine flue outbreak. I applaud the efforts of our Cal/OSHA program for once again being on the leading edge of worker safety.”

The new ATD standard will be added to the California Code of Regulations as Title 8, section 5199, and will cover healthcare and related workplaces that typically treat, diagnose, or house individuals who may be ill such as hospitals, clinics, nursing care facilities, correctional facilities, and homeless shelters.  It will also cover emergency responders, who often are the first point of contact of the healthcare system with patients who can transmit disease.

Designed to protect workers with duties that increase their risk of exposure to infectious diseases, the ATD standard requires healthcare employers and others at increased risk to develop exposure control procedures and train employees to follow them.  Employees must be made part of the process by involving them in the periodic review and assessment of these procedures.  Basic exposure precautions such as source control, hand hygiene, and cleaning and decontamination procedures are a fundamental part of the standard.

Currently there are no specific requirements outlining the responsibilities for employers to address aerosol transmissible diseases as a workplace safety hazard for their employees.

“The ATD standard provides guidance on how to protect employees from exposure to diseases that are well known, like TB, and those that are novel, like what we have just experienced with the recent appearance of H1N1 flu,” said Cal/OSHA Chief Len Welsh.  “This standard provides a set of safety practices and precautions tailored to the level of healthcare-related service provided by the employers covered, so they can respond in an organized and intelligent fashion to situations ranging from day-to-day management of a potentially infectious patient to emergency surges that may be brought on by a pandemic.  The standard is designed not only to protect healthcare workers, but the functionality of the healthcare system itself, since the system cannot run without them. ”

Also accompanying the ATD standard is the Zoonotic Disease standard, which addresses employees working around animals where many infectious diseases originate.  The standard requires employers to control workplace exposures to infectious diseases in animals such as Hantavirus, monkey pox, anthrax, avian influenza, and bovine tuberculosis.

Yes, all MAXAIR Cuff and Shroud System configurations have a filter cover that protects the filter. 

For CAPR Systems, the DLC-CAPR 36 and DLC-CAPR-30, it is the 2061-03 Filter Cover Cap (FCC). 

For the "700" Systems, the 78SP-36 and 78SP-30, it is the 2061-01 Filter Cover (FC). 

We suggest the use of Quaternary Ammonia, Bleach, or Alcohol based wipes to decontaminate these covers.

Please refer to your institution’s standard operating procedures for cleaning surfaces with blood or bodily fluid contamination.

Dispose of the pre-filter, filter, and filter cartridge if there is blood or bodily fluid contact.

Helmet – We suggest the use of Quaternary Ammonia, Bleach, or Alcohol based wipes for wiping down all external surfaces other than the pre-filter, filter, and comfort strips.

Lens – We suggest the use of Quaternary Ammonia, Bleach, or Alcohol based wipes. These materials will not adversely affect the clarity of the lens.

Rayon Cuff (gray) – This cuff can be washed like other hospital garments (i.e. scrubs) up to 10 times or until visibly worn.

Disposable Cuff (white) and DLC – Dispose of after one time use. In emergency situations these cuffs may be cleaned with Quaternary Ammonia, Bleach, or Alcohol based soaking solutions and dried.

Battery & Power Cord – We suggest the use of Quaternary Ammonia, Bleach, or Alcohol based wipes. They will not adversely affect the function of the battery and power cord.

The helmets are either stored on a cart, inside a cabinet in the anti room, or they may be hung at a location of choice on “J” hooks.

 

MAXAIR Systems has the following available: 

          • 2000-204 “J” hooks, 6 hooks per bag - see PRODUCTS>ACCESSORIES

          • 2780-06 MAXAIR Systems Cart, mobililty/storage/security for up to 6 Systems plus all primary accessories - see PRODUCTS>ACCESSORIES

 

 

The Velcro backed foam strips are for comfort and hygiene on MAXAIR Systems.

Replace the comfort strips by simply pulling off the used ones and pressing on the new strips.

The 70 Series Helmets of the CAPR Systems, DLC-CAPR-36 and DLC-CAPR-30, utilize a removable front headband comfort strip. The rear headband has a "cleanable" closed-cell foam strip that does not need routine replacement.

The 60 Series Helmets of the 78SP-36 and 78SP30 Systems, and the 20 Series Helmets of the 300TS-36 and 300TS-30 Systems, have a full length comfort strip on the front headband and a one-half length comfort strip on the rear head-band.

Cut one full-length comfort strip in half with a pair of scissors to obtain the half-length comfort strips.

One 2000-201 Box contains 36 Comfort Strips, sufficient for 36 changes for the 70 Series Helmets, and 24 changes for the 60 Series and 20 Series Helmets.

Yes, since MAXAIR uniquely channels the airflow down the front of the user’s face, “fogging” of the lens is virtually eliminated.

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