Bioforge PAPR

Vision

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a very unique environment in the healthcare sector. It has created certain needs in the delivery of healthcare. One such scenario is the protection of the doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers working on the frontlines of the Covid-19 outbreak. An important component of the personal protective equipment (PPE) is a PAPR or powered air purifying respirator.

Impact

Unfortunately these products are not currently available or manufactured locally. The ones that can be imported are extremely expensive, and even then, sometimes unavailable. Providing these devices locally and at low cost will have a huge positive impact on healthcare workers on the front lines and also others who are returning back to normal medical practice in risk prone situations. These devices can also be used in other biomedical, pharmaceutical and hazardous environments.

Technology

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Development Stage

Prototyping and testing are currently complete. Preparation for manufacturing are currently underway. It is expected to reach the users shortly.

The core technology is to provide filtered air via a hood to the operator. A waist unit consists of a blower that pulls air through a high grade HEPA filter then passes it to the hood, where constant positive air pressure protects the operator from external pathogens. Air cannot flow from the surroundings directly into the hood. It is recommended to use it with proper grade masks to minimize the risks of exposure.