Procurement Trends: Powered Air Purifying Respirators - October, 2020

October 1, 2020 | Procurement Trends

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Air purifying respirators(APRs) are designed to protect the user’s respiratory system by filtering outharmful particulates, acids, and gases from the ambient air. There are two maintypes of air purifying respirators: powered and non-powered. Powered airpurifying respirators (PAPRs) deliver continuous, filtered, positive pressureair to a loose-fitting hood, helmet, or tight-fitting half- orfull-facepiece. Non-powered APRs includetight-fitting filtering masks such as N95s, and half- or full-face elastomericrespirators that use various type of filter media or cartridges to protect theuser. Although elastomeric respirators typically have industrial applications,they are also being utilized during the COVID-19 pandemic as an alternative toN95 masks (due to supply shortages). This report focuses on powered APRsintended specifically for healthcare use. Our PricePaid database indicates thatwe have seen a 187% increase in SELECTplus member interest...

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