Infection prevention and control strategies are top priorities for the healthcare industry. When engineering and administrative controls are inadequate on their own, personal protective equipment (PPE) can help to minimize workplace injuries and illnesses.
Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants is a constant risk in healthcare settings. The virulent nature of SARS-CoV-2 and its variants has amplified that risk tenfold. Never has it been more crucial to intensify or reinforce current respiratory protection protocols.
What Is PAPR
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, healthcare practitioners are least familiar with PAPRs, opting for the more common N95 respirator (2020).
PAPR stands for a powered air-purifying respirator. It is a battery-operated device that uses a small, lightweight blower to pass contaminated air through a HEPA filter. PAPRs are durable enough to work in diverse settings and accommodate shields and hoods.
Benefits of PAPR Hoods
- Fit test not required
- Accommodates users with facial hair, glasses, or goggles
- Splash-resistant hood and bib
- Greater filtration efficiency with HEPA filter
- Low breathing resistance (vs. negative pressure of N95 mask)
- Preferred for high-risk aerosol-generating procedures (CDC)
- Assigned Protection Factor of 25 (compared to N95 with APF 10)
- Hood is fully disposable
Complete Particulate Systems Designed to Protect
Allegro Industries offers the EZ Air Tyvek™ and EZ Saran-coated Tyvek™ PAPR Hood systems. Tyvek™ is a material comprised of tightly-woven polyethylene fibers, creating a unique, flexible surface that repels aerosols and liquids.
Our PAPR Hooded Respirators are lightweight, user-friendly, and protect the respiratory, eye, and facial areas. The Hood systems are tailor-made for healthcare, industrial, and emergency response environments and include the following:
- Suspension headgear
- Breathing tube
- HEPA filter (filters 99.97% of particulates larger than 0.3 microns)
- Flow Tester
- and Waist belt
Responding to the safety needs of your industry is our top priority here at Allegro. We are committed to being the best source for safety products and services and look forward to providing all manner of industry professionals with personal protective equipment that exceeds expectations. For more information, please review our EZ AIR PAPR HOOD product specifications or contact a regional sales representative.