Guthrie employees attended a PAPR (Powered Air-Purifying Respirator) in-service to gain a better understanding of how this equipment works. Employees learned about the use, care and maintenance of the equipment.
PAPRs use a blower to pass contaminated air through a HEPA filter, which removes the contaminant and supplies purified air to a facepiece. These are used when entering a patient’s room who is on negative pressure and who cannot wear an N95 mask.
Jennifer Zimmermann, Surgical Services Educator at Guthrie Corning Hospital, demonstrating the respirator.