– No extra shortages of masks
MONTREAL, Could 21, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ – “One of many keys to the combat towards the pandemic lies within the availability and adequate provide of private protecting tools (PPE) to ensure the security of frontline well being professionals and staff, and restrict the variety of COVID‑19 infections,” mentioned SANUVOX President Jocelyn Dame, noting that the corporate’s UVGI (Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation) expertise has confirmed itself over the previous 25 years in a number of hundred hospitals, analysis centres and laboratories in Europe, Asia, america and throughout Canada.
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 supply a tool with a restricted lifespan, but one that’s able to being produced shortly and at low price 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 properties (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 expertise, these options share the characteristic of avoiding mass assortment and remedy procedures for the recycling of masks and thus keep away from any threat 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 so as to:
- enhance the security of utilizing their masks for prolonged durations by avoiding the buildup of an extreme viral load,
- keep away from dealing with a contaminated masks when one is compelled to take away it to take a sip of water, for instance,
- eradicate any threat 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 fairly a upkeep process that extends the life of private protecting tools.
Utilizing this kind of gadget thus drastically reduces the necessity for brand 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 typically 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, situated in Clermont-Ferrand, after virological and bacteriological assessments 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 Route 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 fee is about to rise to 500 items / week by the top of Could. Know-how 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 predicted 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 availability of N95 masks, for which consumers from everywhere in the world are preventing tooth and nail,” mentioned Normand Brais, who expressed his delight with the truth that assessments in France present that every totally sterilized N95 masks will be reused not less than a dozen occasions, and maybe even extra.
The brand new gadget is extremely straightforward to make use of, and its promoting worth permits it to pay for itself in only some 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 will likely be accessible, in all senses of the phrase, and can absolutely play a key position 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 is going to additionally pay advantages over the long-term, post-crisis, by considerably lowering the expenditure of public cash for disposable tools that’s usually imported, and by drastically lowering the ecological influence when disposable masks are used.
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