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Damage to Powered Respirator Protective Suits

Last post 04 Dec 2018, 2:37 PM by Mark Davies. 0 replies.
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  •  04 Dec 2018, 2:37 PM 2699

    Damage to Powered Respirator Protective Suits

    We read Schumacher et al.'s comparative evaluation of personal protective suits as a barrier to dangerous substances, which proposed a 'fitting' alternative to the Powered Respirator Protective Suit (PRPS) currently in use, being mindful of the user experience [1]. 

    The PRPS suit incorporates a headpiece with a transparent visor, which on the face of it, appears very resistant to dislodgement, whether accidental or deliberate. The polyprotect 12 ensemble necessitates a separate face-mask, which a patient could grab at and perhaps pull aside, possibly breaching the protective seal. 

    Working in such close proximity to potentially combative or confused patients whilst wearing this new suit therefore may pose an additional hazard to anaesthetists. It may be helpful to assess the resistance of both suits to barrier disruption, particularly forced removal of the face-mask.


    N. Dykes

    M. Davies

    Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust,

    Liverpool, UK.

    Email: mwd@mac.com


    No external funding and no conflicts of interest declared.



    1. Schumacher J, Arlidge J, Garnham F, Ahmad I.  A randomised crossover simulation study comparing the impact of chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear substance personal protection equipment on the performance of advanced life support interventions. Anaesthesia 2017; 72: 592-7.



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