Due to a shortage of ventilators, groups have begun to modify available breathing machines, such as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines to treat Covid-19 patients. CPAP machines, used to treat sleep apnea, are relatively plentiful. Their conversion provides real-world examples of how individuals, private groups, hospital administrators, public health officials are pitching in to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
PPE shortage has led to additional innovation including the use of vaporized hydrogen peroxide to sterilize N95 masks and other PPEs.
Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide - a simple and effective solution for low-heat sterilization
Battelle CCDS™ can decontaminate thousands of N95 respirators using concentrated, vapor phase hydrogen peroxide. Battelle CCDS™ draws on decades of research and is grounded on an FDA study Battelle completed following a 2016 contagion.
Decontamination of Biological Contaminants
Battelle is currently conducting research to validate that other equipment, including surgical masks and ventilator components, can be decontaminated using this process.
The respirators are exposed at the validated concentration level to decontaminate biological contaminants, including the SARS-CoV-2. Battelle CCDS™ can decontaminate the same respirator multiple times without degrading N95 respirator performance.
How It Works
Healthcare systems will collect worn N95 respirators each day in accordance with an approved procedure, and the PPE will be labeled with a barcoded serial number for tracking the chain-of-custody throughout the decontamination process. This procedure ensures that the hospital system receives its own respirators back.