#TeamLA: PAPRs for All
A PAPR (Powered Air-Purified Respirator) provides caregivers with a constant flow of filtered air and simultaneous protection for the eyes, nose, and mouth. This system is often preferred over the N95 mask and goggles combination, as it does not fog up and is much less likely to lose its protective seal.
When our front line medical professionals have access to this type of PPE, it helps improve the patient care experience considerably. When wearing a PAPR, a nurse can spend more time in a patient’s room taking care of them as opposed leaving the room to catch their breath, rewash their goggles, and change their mask.
PAPR systems are in short supply and high demand due to the unprecedented needs of the COVID-19 pandemic. To adequately supply the hospital ICU units, 86 PAPR systems are needed at an unplanned cost of $206,000. Your contribution will help support this need and offset these unexpected costs. Thank you for your support!
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Read more about a front line UCLA physician's experience:
“Because of COVID-19, intubation is now one of the riskiest procedures in the emergency room.
Early studies suggested that the coronavirus was transmitted through droplets, conversational spittle falling to the ground no farther than six feet away. Today experts believe it can be passed in aerosol form, the mist of the breath hanging in the air and filling a room.
Intubation increases exposure to droplets and aerosol.
A technician helps [UCLA physician Lisa Dabby] into a new set of PPEs and a face shield fitted with a special respirator to keep her safe from airborne pathogens.”
-Excerpt from Fear, uncertainty, exhaustion: One doctor’s shift in the UCLA emergency room by Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times
Read the full article here: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-05-02/la-me-coronavirus-emergency-physician
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