N95 Frame: Mask Re-use Protection
Description of what it is and how it is used
In an effort to curb the waste of N95’s we have been re-sterilizing them in-house per FDA guidance. One of the main challenges is that the masks get squished/deformed during one of the many stages between multiple uses, transport, handling, storage, sterilization etc. We imaging that somebody might be able to create a form of frame or mold where the mask can be placed after use and ideally remain throughout sterilization process until return to a new user. This could maybe be 3D printed, or injection molded plastic?
- Has to be affordable and available in significant quantity
- Could be single-use, but multi-use preferred or at least having a recycling option
- Assurance that frame can be sterilized. Sterilization methods used:
- Hydrogen peroxide gas plasma – Equipment: Sterrad (Vendor ASP) https://www.asp.com/emea/products/terminal-sterilization
- Hydrogen peroxide vapor – Equipment: Bioquell https://www.bioquell.com/healthcare/systems-and-services/rapid-bio-decontamination-service-rbds/
Estimated quantity needed
- 20-30,000 if re-usable. More, if single-use.
List of URL links to normally commercially available examples
- We are not aware of any commercial products for protecting molded N95 masks during sterilization & re-use handling
- This is a common example of an N95 mask
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