Better Respirator Equipment Using Advanced Technologies
for Healthcare Employees (Project BREATHE) - FY10
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To improve respirator use compliance among healthcare workers (HCW) by developing information products, respirator performance requirements, and advanced technologies for the next generation of HCW respirators that are more comfortable and tolerable.
OSHA standard (29 CFR 1910.134) for respiratory protection.
NIOSH 42 CFR 84
Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)
American Nursing Association (ANA)
The Joint Commission (TJC)
Respirator Manufacturers (RM)
Texas Tech University (TTU)
Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)
Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP)
1: Interagency Project BREATHE Working Group (VHA)
2a: Improving HCW compliance with N95 FFR use (NPPTL, ANA, TJC, APIC, AORN, AOHP)
2b: Comfort /tolerability research & test method development (NPPTL, TTU)
2c: Respirator clinical effectiveness study (VHA, CDC, JHU)
2d: Partnership and prototype development (VHA, RM)
3: Prototype bench (NPPTL) and field trials (VHA)
4: Commercialization / standards development (VHA, RM)
Q1 Submit moisture retention paper to Annals of Occupational Hygiene
Q2 Provide comments on "the Respiratory Clinical Effectiveness Trial" protocol; develop information products highlighting proper respirator use
Q3 Submit test method protocol to HSRB: determine how contact pressure is related to strap tension/location/;orientation and fit
Q4 Start data collection for human subject comfort and tolerability test methods; complete validation of fit and comfort models
Project BREATHE working group final report
Manuscripts submitted to peer-reviewed journal.
Presentations at national/international conferences.
Battery of human subject based test methods to better predict end-user tolerance and comfort
Phase 1: 2008 - 2009
Phase 2a: 2010 - 2012
Phase 2b: 2010 - 2012
Phase 2c: 2010 - 2013
Phase 2d: 2010 - 2012
Phase 3: 2011 - 2013
Phase 4: 2014
Manufacturers use the Project BREATHE final report, test methods, and prototype designs to develop HCW-specific respirators that provide increased safety, comfort, tolerability, and wearability
Government agencies and standards development organizations use project information to develop guidance documents and recommendations to improve the use of respirators by HCW
Future revisions to 42 CFR Part 84 use test methods and performance requirements developed in this project