Better Respirator Equipment Using Advanced Technologies for Healthcare Employees (Project BREATHE) FY09
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Respirators currently used in the healthcare industry were introduced from other industries and were not specifically designed for healthcare workers (HCW). A number of respirator characteristics may limit the HCWs performance. This project , a collaborative effort between the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and NPPTL, seeks to determine the ideal characteristics that would be required for a HCW-specific respirator with eventual prototype development/manufacture.
Q1 Provide feedback from Project Breathe working group meeting (8/6/08 8/7/08) notes
Q2 Completion of white paper on ideal characteristics of a healthcare worker-specific respirator and submission to a peer-reviewed journal
Q4 Solicitation of prototype healthcare worker-specific respirator development from respirator manufacturers, university engineering departments, etc., utilizing design features identified at working group meeting
Manuscript (white paper) submitted to peer-reviewed journal.
Presentations at national/international conferences.
Development of new HCW-specific respirator that will meet NIOSH
The HCW-specific respirator should:
increase compliance with OSHA regulations
increase tolerance for extended wear (e.g., pandemic influenza)
decrease respiratory exposure to infectious agents