Hospital Preparedness

Awareness is increasing on the possibility of individuals contaminated by industrial accidents and/or terrorist attacks bypassing the traditional emergency medical services (EMS) and self-presenting at a health care facility for treatment. These individuals present multiple risks including: Caduceus

  • Exposure of the health care workers that are providing care and treatment to the patient;
  • Exposure of other patients at the hospital;
  • Contamination of the healthcare facility itself;
  • Spreading of the contamination away from the point of origin; and
  • Financial risks in terms of the potential liability for the healthcare facility.
For these reasons, it is important that there be a practical and effective system in place to decontaminate patients prior to treatment. Healthcare workers performing this decontamination require proper and practical respiratory protective equipment. Bullard PAPR's can meet this requirement.

Regulatory GuidanceHeartbeat

NIOSH is implementing new standards for approving respirators for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear protection (CBRN). The Bullard PA30PREP is not approved for CBRN.

In the context of an approved respirator assembly, canisters may hold NIOSH approvals for certain contaminants such as Organic Vapors, Acid Gases, Particulates, Ammonia, and others for which standards exist. Manufacturers of these same canisters may also claim protection against number of chemical warfare agents, but as soon as a healthcare facility subjects that cartridge to these chemical warfare agents (the real basis for their preparation), the NIOSH approval is voided on the respirator.

20SICVN DuPont™ Tychem® SL Hood
  • Tested against numerous chemical warfare agents and found effective for limited use
  • See the 2003 Permeation Guide for the 20SICVN hood and related models.
PA3NBC Canister
PA3NBC Canister
  • Bullard hospital preparedness canister
  • View the Chemical Warfare Gas Performance Testing
  • Meets NIOSH requirements for acid gases, formaldehyde, ammonia and high efficiency particulate
Consult product literature and instruction manuals for information on the proper function, use and maintenance of the respirators. Before using a Bullard respirator, federal law requires the employer to identify and evaluate the respiratory hazards in the workplace. Read all instructions and warnings before using these respirators. Failure to follow all instructions and warnings could result in death or serious injury.

Dupont™ Tychem® is a registered Trademark of E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Company.