Bullard's respiratory products can help protect healthcare workers from deadly diseases, including the recent cases of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). This web page is intended to provide an overview of Ebola, the recommended guidelines by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the products offered by Bullard to help prevent the spread of EVD. With new information becoming available daily, please consult the CDC website for the most current Ebola update regarding infection control procedures.
Ebola, also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a rare and deadly disease caused by one of the Ebola virus strains. The virus was named after the region near the Ebola River where it was first discovered in 1976 in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Links to Agency Resource Pages for Ebola
Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment To Be Used by Healthcare Workers During Management of Patients with Ebola Virus Disease in U.S. Hospitals, Including Procedures for Putting On (Donning) and Removing (Doffing)
Are Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPRs) Recommended?
Below is an excerpt from the CDC Guidance:
Recommended Personal Protective Equipment
- PAPR or N95 Respirator. If a NIOSH-certified PAPR and a NIOSH-certified fit-tested disposable N95 respirator is used in facility protocols, ensure compliance with all elements of the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard, 29 CFR 1910.134, including fit testing, medical evaluation, and training of the healthcare worker.
- PAPR: A PAPR with a full face shield, helmet, or headpiece. Any reusable helmet or headpiece must be covered with a single-use (disposable) hood that extends to the shoulders and fully covers the neck and is compatible with the selected PAPR. The facility should follow manufacturer's instructions for decontamination of all reusable components and, based upon those instructions, develop facility protocols that include the designation of responsible personnel who assure that the equipment is appropriately reprocessed and that batteries are fully charged before reuse.
- A PAPR with a self-contained filter and blower unit integrated inside the helmet is preferred.
- A PAPR with external belt-mounted blower unit requires adjustment of the sequence for donning and doffing, as described below.
Bullard offers PAPRs with hoods that provide the full-face, head, neck, and shoulder coverage that is recommended. In addition, the hood materials are made from DuPont™ Tychem® QC and DuPont™ Tychem® SL fabrics, which have been tested and passed the requirements of North America ASTM Standards F1670 and ASTM F1671, and North American standards for blood-borne pathogens.