N95 Mask Decontamination Available for Healthcare Professionals

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N95 respirator decontamination is now available for healthcare professionals in the region.

Ohio-based company, Battelle will now be decontaminating N95 protective masks in Delaware County. Staff began setting up on May 1 and plan to begin offering services immediately.

The Battelle “CCDS Critical Care Decontamination System” addresses the current shortage of critical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) across the county. Battelle CCDS is designed to work on N95 respirators for the decontamination of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). The Delaware County site will handle masks from participating hospitals in the Philadelphia region.

The masks are placed in a cleaning chamber with vaporized hydrogen peroxide for three-and-a-half hours and are then aerated for three to four hours. The masks are then sealed and returned to the hospitals. Each participating hospital gets its own masks back.

Battelle is providing the N95 decontamination services to healthcare professionals free of charge, after being awarded a contract by the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide N95 decontamination at no charge.

The service is provided exclusively for healthcare professionals who qualify and register.

Healthcare professionals can learn more and register for the free services here: https://www.battelle.org/inb/battelle-ccds-for-covid19-satellite-locations

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