DECONTAMINATING N95 RESPIRATORS USING RAPIDHEAT™ TECHNOLOGY
CPAC Equipment, Inc. (CPAC) is an FDA registered New York manufacturing company (www.cpac.com) that has recently responded to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and the emerging reuse of N95 respirators by repurposing their RH-Pro11 tabletop sterilizer to decontaminate certain identified used N95 respirators. Research of peer reviewed studies from the last SARS -coronavirus (2002-2003) confirmed that CPAC ‘s RapidHeat High-Velocity Hot Air (HVHA) technology would be the ideal vehicle for decontaminating identified used N95 respirators through a modification of its software and time/temperature profile.
- The RH-N95 system was engineered to decontaminate (kill) viruses and bacteria (not spores).
- CPAC has successfully researched and tested a number of Niosh-approved N95 respirators.
- Research has proven that repeated thermal cycles do not damage “N95 fit and filtration”.
- N95 respirators made of polypropylene thermoplastic fabric are proven to withstand over 300° F.
- CPAC’s RH-N95 system uses heating technology that is stable and uniform.
- RH-N95 system uses state-of-the-art software to control time and temperature.
- RH-N95 cycles are calibrated to maintain a time/temperature profile of 75° C. for 30 minutes.
- Peer-reviewed studies have provided the criteria for achieving bioburden reduction.
- RH-N95 RapidHeat™ technology protocol allows respirators to be returned to the original user.
IMPORTANT: Healthcare Practitioners should determine if their N95 Masks have been tested for maintaining their integrity and functionality using the RH-N95. There are low quality respirators manufactured by some companies using inexpensive non-durable construction that may not survive under the reprocessing temperatures of the RH-N95. As such, it is recommended that:
- Respirators in use are checked for CDC/NIOSH approval by using this link. Scroll down to the blue box and click N95 (first selection) or Surgical N95 (second selection). A listing will follow.
- Trial run one of each of those respirators that appear on the list to ensure integrity (straps, nose-fitting cushioning, and adhesive joints.) Respirators that are approved by FDA/NIOSH are composed of the approved filtration materials that filter virus and other microbials. These materials have been found to be compatible with the times and temperatures employed by the RH-N95.