Battelle Critical Care Decontamination Unit Can Disinfect 80,000 N95 Masks A Day

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MONTROSE, Colo.

The Battelle Critical Care Decontamination Unit located at the Montrose County Fairgrounds can decontaminate 80,000 N95 per day to be re-used by our healthcare workers.

United States Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) says, “People have to realize this isn’t time for politics, it’s not time for partisanship. The Coronavirus doesn’t know blue or red, it just knows it wants to attack, and that’s what we have to address. working together to solve this problem.”

The Battelle site is a regional resource assigned by the state and funded through FEMA. This resource doesn’t make personal protective equipment (PPE), it decontaminates it to be used again through a 6 hour process that kills COVID-19 with hydrogen peroxide. Jacob Waid is the Battelle site leader and knows a thing or two about the decontamination process, and he definitley knows what can sabotage the process. Jacob says, “We have to make sure the H2O2 is at the proper levels with the proper humidity. If everything’s not met, we can’t run the process, it won’t work.”

This process reduces impacts on medical supplies while maxing out N95 masks for all healthcare workers within 200 miles. “There’s going to continue to be this high need as manufacturing ramps up. Even start recycling them here, utilizing them, sterilizing them here, getting them back in the system. So, it’s affordability, it’s efficiency, it’s timeliness, and that’s what we need right now,” says Senator Gardner.

Battelle’s goal is to decontaminate 80,000 masks per day for our healthcare heroes, but to reach that goal, Battelle also needs the help of our healthcare heroes to donate their used masks.

To start the process, click here.

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