Powered Air Purification Respirator
FROM WIN HEALTH LABS, LLC
A joint project to help provide much-needed respirators to the heroic men and women in healthcare who are working on the frontlines to combat the spread of COVID-19.
The respirator, created jointly by multiple companies, and manufactured and sold through WIN Health Labs, LLC is personal protective equipment (“PPE” ) with the ability to filter the air for the wearer. It is a powered, air-purifying respirator, or PAPR, that takes the place of a traditional medical mask and visor and features a replaceable polyethylene barrier that can be changed out by the user to reduce the amount of necessary decontamination.
GETTING STARTED WITH YOUR PAPR
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Contains electrical components and the intrinsic safety has not been evaluated and approved by Mining Safety Health Administration (MSHA) or a recognized independent laboratory.
Instructions for Use
Check all equipment for damage prior to each use. Do not use damaged equipment. Ensure that all consumables are available prior to each use. Do not use equipment unless all consumables are available. Use the manufacturer’s supplied components only.
- Remove Protective films (both sides) from the Face Shield Assembly
- Clean the Air Distribution Assembly as per the standard cleaning procedures prior to use.
- Fully charge the battery by plugging the wall adapter into a 120V receptacle and plugging the charger cord into the 12V In/Out port of the battery. Turn the battery pack ON (-) to charge. Battery is fully charged when all four indicator lights are lit.
- Remove the filter from the package. Open filter housing by releasing the two snaps on the housing and opening the cover. Remove shipping label/ sleeve on filter housing and insert filter into housing with flange side out.
NOTE: The recommended change interval for the HEPA filter is not to exceed 3 months, or if the filter shows signs of blockage or physical damage.
- Adjust straps according to individual fit preferences.
- Lock the Air Distribution Assembly on the shoulder harness plate
- Only use original manufacture parts and consumables.
- Verify full charge on the battery
- Install Battery in the battery compartment in the Air Distribution Assembly. Connect Power Cable to the battery.
- Turn on the battery switch (“-”) and verify airflow as per the procedure listed in the guidelines under Inspecting and Storing the PAPR Assembly.
- Put on shoulder harness with the Air Distribution Assembly.
- Put Face Shield Assembly on head and adjust to the head size of the user.
- Put on Hood with corners above shoulders.
- Place Drawstring over hood.
- Cinch Hood, allowing room for two fingers.
- Tape down corners of the Hood to rear while Hood is filled with air.
- Remove and disinfect Drawstring and Drawstring Clip.
- Untuck Hood from neck area.
- Remove Hood from corners away from body and discard.
- Remove Shoulder Harness with the Air Distribution Assembly.
- Remove Face Shield Assembly.
- Disinfect all parts as per procedures listed in the guidelines below.
- Remove Battery from the Air Distribution assembly and prepare for recharging.
Concerned or anxious patients sometimes reach out and grab at medical clinicians. The patients may catch hold of the clinicians physically about their bodies or catch onto their PPE garments. There is a potential for the PAPR drawstring to be among the PPE items that they grab onto.
In a situation where there is concern that you are dealing with a patient may do this, we recommend the following:
- Tuck the drawstring under the hood and then inside your gown. OR
- Tuck the drawstring under the hood and then inside your gown. OR
- After cinching up the drawstring, tape it down over the shoulder at the same time as taping back the hood. OR
- After cinching up the drawstring about the neck, cut the drawstring off with scissors, 2 inches beyond the drawstring clip.
Note for option 3 you will need to replace the drawstring (WLTIEPAK) for the next usage.
Guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting the PAPR Assembly
Please always refer to the latest information from trusted sources such as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC) and the World Health Organization regarding selection, use, maintenance and cleaning of personal protective equipment.
Your employer should thoroughly review this information prior to selecting the disinfecting product for your equipment and specific application. This PAPR has not evaluated the effectiveness of any agents with regards to inactivating viruses on the PAPR or its components.
Components of the PAPR may wear damaged over time with prolonged or extended use of disinfecting products. If you discover any signs of damage, remove the component from service and discard and replace or repair as appropriate, following the guidance in the product User Instructions. Do not use the PAPR after the Expiration Date or withdrawal of the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization for this PAPR.
Cleaning and/or disinfecting the Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) Assembly:
Use the following guidelines for cleaning your PAPR assembly. Additional inspection, cleaning, and storage procedures for Whirlpool Corporation’s PAPR components may be found below.
- Confirm the disinfecting agent is effective and follow its instructions.
- Carefully inspect all PAPR components to identify any damage, or excessive wear. STOP USING ANY DAMAGED OR WORN PAPR.
- Store away from contaminated areas when not in use, and in accordance with the User Instructions.
Fan/blower unit and battery pack
- Do not allow liquid to enter the air outlet port or the motor housing area.
- Do not use compressed air or a vacuum to clean the interior of the fan/blower.
- Use caution cleaning near the battery pack connector pins near the bottom of the motor/blower unit. Ensure this area and pins are thoroughly dry before next use or storage.
- Clean outer surfaces of the PAPR assembly and battery pack with a clean soft cloth lightly dampened with warm water containing a mild pH neutral (pH 6-8) detergent.
- Wipe outer surfaces of the fan/blower assembly and battery pack with a clean soft cloth lightly dampened with one of the noted EPA-registered disinfectant cleaners but do not allow water into the fan/blower assembly or battery pack.
- Wipe all outer surfaces with a clean soft cloth dampened with clean warm water.
- If the battery cannot be properly cleaned, stop using the PAPR.
Headgear Assembly, Breathing Tube/Hose, and Shoulder Harnesses
- Prior to cleaning, discard hood and disassemble PAPR per User Instructions.
- Clean all parts with a clean soft cloth lightly dampened with warm water containing a mildpH neutral (pH 6-8) detergent.
- Wipe external surfaces with a clean soft cloth lightly dampened in one of EPA-registered disinfectant cleaners, following its user instructions.
- Clean thoroughly with clean, warm, lightly damp cloth after each use.
- Hand dry with a clean lint-free cloth or air-dry at room temperature. Allow to completely airdry prior to reuse or storage.
- NEVER ATTEMPT TO CLEAN THE FILTER. Replace and properly dispose of the filter when dirty or damaged.
NOTICE September 3, 2020:
Following further review or our PAPRs, we are extending the Expiration Date of all of our PAPRs to March 31, 2021.
We will continue to review the PAPR and may further extend the Expiration Dates as appropriate.