N95 Mask Decontamination Available at NO Cost to Arizona Fire Districts and First Response Agencies
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System (CCDS™) for extending the life of N95 respirators.
In March 2020, Battelle obtained emergency use authorization from the FDA to use the CCDS to decontaminate N95 respirators as part of the national response to the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Subsequently, FEMA and HHS funded a contract, administered by DLA, to ensure dozens of government partners could take advantage of the System as part of the federal COVID-19 response. Each CCDS, at peak operating efficiency, can decontaminate tens of thousands of N95 respirators per day. The system uses low concentration, vapor-phase hydrogen peroxide to decontaminate N95s of pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2, allowing safe reuse of the same N95 up to 20 times without degraded performance. The Battelle CCDS will be available in Arizona for public- and private-sector healthcare providers, and N95s will be decontaminated free of charge beginning later this month.
Fire districts and first response agencies interested in taking advantage of the Battelle technology/service, please take the following steps:
● Stop disposing of N95 masks that are free of damage (not torn or ripped) and free of visible soiling (blood, bodily fluids, or makeup).
● Enroll at http://battelle.org/decon -- you will then:
✔ Receive a unique 3-digit facility code that you will use to label each N95
✔ Get information regarding how the N95s should be bagged and boxed
✔ Get additional information about the process for getting masks to the Battelle site in Phoenix, as well as mask redeployment back to you
✔ Obtain other critical guidance for being an effective participant in the process
Documents are attached that should be useful for understanding more about the system and program.
The State has partnered with the City of Phoenix for the provision of a site for the system to operate, and the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs including the Arizona National Guard, the Arizona Department of Health Services, the Arizona Department of Administration, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, and the City of Phoenix Fire Department have been working together to ensure Arizona can take full advantage of this federally-funded opportunity. Battelle is the system operator and owner of the process—please enroll at http://battelle.org/decon