24 Apr, 2020, 16:00 ET
ATLANTA, April 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Emory Healthcare has plans to purchase seven new machines to sanitize masks, gowns, hoods and other protective equipment so they can be reused in the battle against COVID-19. The purchase of this breakthrough technology was made possible through a $5 million grant from the James M. Cox Foundation.
For healthcare workers on the frontlines of the pandemic, the new Bioquell™ machines are a game changer. The machines use vaporized hydrogen peroxide to decontaminate medical equipment in about two hours. Emory is first using the machines to decontaminate PAPR (powered air-purifying respirator) hoods and is testing the machines to decontaminate N95 masks, isolation gowns and disposable stethoscopes.
"Fighting this pandemic requires all of us doing what we can to support our frontline workers," said Jim Kennedy, chairman, Cox Enterprises. "We're excited to help with this new technology to enable hospitals to sterilize and reuse vital equipment that is in such short supply. We're concerned that some businesses may open prematurely and we'll see a spike in cases, making the need for PPE equipment even more important."
Across the country, medical workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic are facing a critical shortage of hoods, medical gowns and other protective equipment. When dealing with other infectious diseases like the Ebola outbreak, PAPR hoods were discarded after each use.
The Bioquell machine allows equipment to be reused by generating a fine mist of vaporized hydrogen peroxide that is blown around a decontamination room, penetrating and sanitizing the interior and exterior of the hoods.
Emory is currently using the hoods in drive-through testing clinics, which evaluate more than 200 patients a day.
"The speed with which we can turn around the (equipment) and get it back out into the field is terrific," said Dr. Colleen Kraft, Associate Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Emory University School of Medicine. "We are incredibly grateful for the support from the James M. Cox Foundation which has allowed us to purchase these."
In March, the Foundation announced the $5 million grant to Emory Healthcare, which was also used to purchase COVID-19 testing equipment. The foundation also partnered with Emory University to create the Feed the Frontline initiative, with a goal of serving more than 45,000 free meals to medical workers and first responders.
About the James M. Cox Foundation
The James M. Cox Foundation is named in honor of Cox Enterprises' founder and provides funding for capital campaigns and special projects in communities where the company operates. James M. Cox was Ohio's first three-term governor and the 1920 Democratic nominee for president of the United States. The Foundation concentrates its community support in several areas including: conservation and environment; early childhood education; empowering families and individuals for success; and health.
SOURCE The James M. Cox Foundation
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