From the beginning of the disaster, SANUVOX undertook the event of a person UV-C unit for disinfection of N95 masks. SANUVOX has opted to provide a tool with a restricted lifespan, but one that’s able to being produced rapidly and at low value for hospitals and CHSLDs.
In parallel, in France, following discussions between Dr. Normand Brais, Vice-President – Engineering and founding father of SANUVOX, and Olivier Perraud, President of Ingenica (sister firm of SANUVOX Applied sciences), Ingenica selected to develop a person gadget in an industrialized format for UV‑C decontamination of FFP2 (N95) masks and surgical masks. The gadget is meant to be used in hospitals, nursing houses (CHSLD), in addition to by different well being professionals (dentists, optometrists, and so on.) and business (hairdressers, restaurateurs, manufacturing facility staff, and so on.).
Past the know-how, these options share the function of avoiding mass assortment and remedy procedures for the recycling of masks and thus keep away from any danger of getting to put on another person’s masks. These are processes that enable a caregiver to hold out frequent decontaminations as shut as potential to the place of care to be able to:
- enhance the security of utilizing their masks for prolonged intervals by avoiding the buildup of an extreme viral load,
- keep away from dealing with a contaminated masks when one is pressured to take away it to take a sip of water, for instance,
- remove any danger of cross-contamination between sufferers when the caregiver is unable to don a brand new masks between two sufferers,
- safely lengthen the lifetime of a masks and re-use it a number of occasions throughout the identical week.
This isn’t a recycling course of, however moderately a upkeep process that extends the life of non-public protecting tools.
Utilizing any such gadget thus drastically reduces the necessity for brand spanking new masks, with out compromising the security and efficiency of the masks which can be used, considerably reduces the amount of medical waste (one may even decontaminate a masks on the finish of its life, previous to disposing of it), reduces international locations’ dependence on imported masks of generally doubtful high quality and permits N95 masks to be reserved for the professionals who desperately want them (CHSLD).
The SterØmask (®) (patent pending), produced by Ingenica in collaboration with Groupe Renault, has been validated by the unbiased ICARE-approved pharmaceutical laboratory, positioned in Clermont-Ferrand, after virological and bacteriological exams carried out by laboratories from the French Company for Meals, Environmental and Occupational Well being & Security (ANSES) of Niort-Ploufragan, the P3 laboratory of the Course générale de l’armement (Directorate Basic of Armaments) of Vert-Le-Petit, Clermont-Ferrand, demonstrated a discount of over 99.9999% in SAR-Cov-2 (COVID-19) and a 99.99% discount in bacterial spores. Manufacturing of the gadget is underway in Renault factories and the manufacturing charge is ready to rise to 500 models / week by the tip of Might. Expertise switch is in course of for manufacturing in Montreal by ABB Canada for commercialization by SANUVOX. An accreditation utility has been submitted to Well being Canada, primarily based on the validations obtained in France and a response is anticipated within the coming days.
“Pushed by my want to seek out very important protecting tools for my daughter, who’s a main care physician, I additionally noticed the opportunity of overcoming the present challenges surrounding the provision of N95 masks, for which patrons from all around the world are combating tooth and nail,” stated Normand Brais, who expressed his delight with the truth that exams in France present that every absolutely sterilized N95 masks might be reused no less than a dozen occasions, and maybe even extra.
The brand new gadget is extremely straightforward to make use of, and its promoting value permits it to pay for itself in just a few weeks for a bunch of ten or so individuals. “It’s straightforward to put in, requiring nothing greater than plugging it right into a wall socket—for instance, subsequent to a espresso dispenser, and even subsequent to a service counter—and is user-friendly,” added Mr. Brais, specifying that disinfection of a surgical masks will solely take 60 seconds, at most.
This Franco-Canadian innovation might be accessible, in all senses of the phrase, and can absolutely play a key function in stopping tussles over the restricted provide of N95 masks, in addition to different protecting masks, thereby benefitting the general public well being of the populations of all continents. It would additionally pay advantages over the long-term, post-crisis, by considerably decreasing the expenditure of public cash for disposable tools that’s typically imported, and by drastically decreasing the ecological affect when disposable masks are used.
For additional data: Supply: Jocelyn Dame – CEO; Dr. Normand Brais, Eng., M.Sc.A., Ph.D. – Founder and Vice-President of Engineering; Contacts: Alexandre Dumas, 514 843-1901 (direct line), 514 898-4636 (mobile), [email protected]; Caroline Des Rosiers, 514 843-2324 (direct line), 514 880-2882 (mobile), [email protected]