Columbus, Ohio (April 4, 2020)—A revolutionary new system that can decontaminate up to 80,000 protective masks each day for reuse by health care workers has been delivered to Washington state and should be ready for operation here as early as next week.
Officials say the Seattle area is one of the first in the nation to receive one of these systems, which will dramatically reduce the number of new masks that will be needed here and give added protection to doctors and nurses on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.
The device, dubbed the Critical Care Decontamination System, uses a hydrogen peroxide vaporization process to sanitize large numbers of N95 masks simultaneously and allow them to be reused over and over.
The system was designed by researchers at Ohio's Battelle laboratories in July 2016 after a group of federal agencies recommended that protective masks for health care workers should be capable of being repeatedly decontaminated during a crisis.
The crisis is now here, and Battelle quickly began manufacturing the systems in March for use across the nation.
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