Kappler develops suit to protect against Ebola

May 22, 2018 - United States Of America

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)