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Kappler develops suit to protect against Ebola

22 May '18
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Courtesy: PR Newswire
Courtesy: PR Newswire

Protective apparel innovator Kappler has developed an economical suit to protect healthcare responders against the deadly Ebola virus and other biohazards. The NFPA certified suit, ProVent Plus, with use-and-dispose distinction provides emergency responders and healthcare workers faced with Ebola-infected body fluids and other biohazards proven protection.

ProVent Plus is the only economically priced single-use garment certified to the demanding requirements of the NFPA 1999 apparel standard. The use-and-dispose distinction of ProVent Plus means emergency responders and healthcare workers can now have proven protection at a fraction of the cost of expensive reusable garments.

"The latest Ebola outbreak in Africa underscores the sense of urgency for a cost-effective protective apparel solution," said Kappler president Laura Kappler-Roberts. "ProVent Plus provides the same certified blood and viral protection as re-usable suits costing many times more."

The new garment also alleviates the uncertainty surrounding re-usable suit decontamination practices.

In addition to passing the ASTM F1670 blood penetration and ASTM F1671 viral penetration tests, ProVent Plus is a microporous fabric that offers increased comfort due to its high moisture vapor transmission rate (MVTR).

Kappler's ProVent Plus garment (style PPH39-99) is made in the USA and certified to NFPA 1999 for use as part of a system of components with other protective equipment including respiratory, eye and face protection, examination gloves, boot/shoe covers and over aprons. ProVent Plus also meets OSHA and CDC guidelines.

"This is a three-way win for responders and healthcare workers," Kappler-Roberts said. "They get NFPA certified protection, along with the infection control peace of mind and a substantial cost savings." (SV)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

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