Procurement Trends: Powered Air Purifying Respirators - October, 2020
October 1, 2020 | Procurement Trends
Air purifying respirators (APRs) are designed to protect the user’s respiratory system by filtering out harmful particulates, acids, and gases from the ambient air. There are two main types of air purifying respirators: powered and non-powered. Powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs) deliver continuous, filtered, positive pressure air to a loose-fitting hood, helmet, or tight-fitting half- or full-facepiece. Non-powered APRs include tight-fitting filtering masks such as N95s, and half- or full-face elastomeric respirators that use various type of filter media or cartridges to protect the user. Although elastomeric respirators typically have industrial applications, they are also being utilized during the COVID-19 pandemic as an alternative to N95 masks (due to supply shortages). This report focuses on powered APRs intended specifically for healthcare use. Our PricePaid database indicates that we have seen a 187% increase in SELECTplus member interest...