Disinfecting N95 Masks with the SPH Medical AUVS UV Box
With the COVID-19 pandemic expanding we are all finding supplies in general are difficult to find especially hospital masks. One of the most important masks being used right now is an N95 mask which is a particulate filtering respirator mask. We know that the experts at the CDC are telling us that Coronavirus can be spread by respiratory droplets that are produced when a person sneezes or coughs. These infected droplets can land on our nurses and healthcare providers and others that are nearby. The droplets can even be inhaled into the lungs. For these reasons the N95 mask is in high demand.
What Does FDA Say about N95 Masks?
An N95 respirator is a respiratory protective device designed to achieve a very close facial fit and very efficient filtration of airborne particles.
The ‘N95’ designation means that when subjected to careful testing, the respirator blocks at least 95 percent of very small (0.3 micron) test particles. If properly fitted, the filtration capabilities of N95 respirators exceed those of face masks. However, even a properly fitted N95 respirator does not completely eliminate the risk of illness or death.
However – if you need to reuse the N95 mask, how do you ensure that it has been properly disinfected when moving between environments or between patient contact? One way is to use the SPH Medical UV Box for rapid and thorough disinfection.
Validation Ensures Efficacy
The UV Box has gone through thorough validation testing to confirm a 99.99% kill rate on even the most difficult to kill pathogens, C. diff spores and has been shown to be effective against many viruses and bacteria including Coronavirus.
We are receiving more and more calls and emails about the ability of the SPH Medical UV Box to disinfect phones, tablets and yes, even N95 Masks. All of these devices and more can be easily disinfected in 55 seconds. We’re seeing hospitals disinfect lead wires, glucose monitors, stethoscopes, badges, batteries, keys, and more with the UV Box.
More than N95 Masks – Disinfect your phones!
This week alone we have had calls from Nursing Homes, Hospitals, Doctors Offices, Clinics and even homeowners requesting quotes for the UV Box. The importance of hand washing is obvious but don’t forget that the phone has been in a persons hand often several hundred times per day! And this is after touching surfaces that have likely been contaminated. The best way to be assured that your phone is completely germ free is a 55 second disinfection cycle in the SPH Medical AUVS UV Box! Read our blog post about contaminated phones spreading Coronavirus and watch the CNN video here.
Here is the documentation stating that UV Light can properly disinfect an N95 mask. We know that the SPH AUVS UV Box offers the largest opening of any healthcare grade UV Light disinfection system allowing the N95 mask to be easily and rapidly disinfected.
Effects of Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) on N95 Respirator Filtration Performance and Structural Integrity