The Current N95 Crisis
N95 respirators are specialized, single-use face masks that form a complete seal around the nose and mouth, effictively filtering out airborne viruses. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a critical shortage of N95 masks and the U.S. Department of Health and Human services estimates that 3.5 billion N95 masks will be needed in this year alone.
While, 3M, the largest domestic manufacturer of N95s, aims to produce only 400 million this year, in aggregate, only 1% of the needed N95 supply is currently available for use in the U.S. This inspired CAlumeo to develop a device to process N95s for reuse.
Challenge with Current Solutions
Most existing solutions use vaporous hydrogen peroxide for disinfection.
Drawbacks of this technology include:
Long process times (>8 hrs)
Offsite processing (requiring significant infrastructure to collect and re-distribute masks)
Mask not returned to original user
Persistent noxious odor
An award winning, point-of-care solution for N95 reuse.
Non-chemical cleaning (unlike vaporous hydrogen peroxide method, we use heat)
Short cycle time (approximately 75 minutes)
Easy to Use
Extends the life of a mask fivefold
Keeps healthcare workers safe
Processes your personal mask
Functions reliably for 5 donnings