State of Colorado receives second Battelle system

(DENVER) May 2, 2020:  The Colorado Unified Coordination Center received a second Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System that cleans and decontaminants used N95 respirators for reuse. The system will be installed in Montrose, Colorado at The Friendship Hall.  The system will be returned to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) when no longer needed.

Battelle Critical Care Decontamination Systems (CCDS) are self-contained, mobile decontamination units that use vapor phase hydrogen peroxide to decontaminate N95 filtering facepiece respirators from biological contaminants, including SARS-CoV-2. The system can decontaminate up to 80,000 used N95 respirators per system per day, with a single respirator able to be reused up to 20 times without degradation.

All healthcare personnel are eligible for the free N95 decontamination, including emergency medical service personnel, nurses, nursing assistants, physicians, technicians, therapists, phlebotomists, pharmacists, dentists and dental hygienists, students and trainees, contractual staff not employed by the healthcare facility, and persons not directly involved in patient care, but who could be exposed to infectious agents that can be transmitted in the healthcare setting (e.g., clerical, dietary, environmental services, laundry, security, engineering and facilities management, administrative, billing, and volunteer personnel). Additionally, non-medical personnel participating in an emergency response due to COVID-19 also qualify as a healthcare professional under the Battelle Emergency Use Authorization.

How to sign up:

  • To get N95 respirators cleaned, health care providers must first fill out an enrollment form at battelle.org/decon
  • Battelle will return an email with links to the enrollment contract, instructions and the Battelle point of contact.
  • The enrollee will be given a three-digit code, which must be written on the respirators with  permanent marker.
  • The respirators need to be unsoiled, free of blood, mucus, makeup, lip balm, etc. Place all masks into a single plastic bag and tie off the bag when it is full. Any soiled masks will be thrown out. The bag must be placed into a second plastic bag that should be wiped down with disinfectant. 
  • The respirators must be placed into a shipping box and labeled with the three-digit code and a biohazard sticker.
  • The enrollee contacts a shipper to coordinate pickup and delivery. 
  • End-to-end shipping logistics through FedEx is available at no cost to CCDS enrolled healthcare providers, including VA hospitals and clinics, first responders, law enforcement, skilled nursing facilities, and other essential healthcare personnel.

Follow the step-by-step process of how to submit respirators for decontamination.

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

State of Colorado receives second Battelle system

State of Colorado receives Battelle System to decontaminate used N95 masks

(DENVER) April 23, 2020:  The Colorado Unified Coordination Center received a Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System that cleans and disinfects used N95 respirators for reuse. The system will be installed at the Adams County Fairgrounds in the Exhibit Hall today.   The system will be returned to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) when no longer needed.

Battelle Critical Care Decontamination Systems are self-contained, mobile decontamination units that use vapor phase hydrogen peroxide to decontaminate N95 filtering facepiece respirators from biological contaminants, including SARS-CoV-2. The system can decontaminate up to 80,000 used N95 respirators per system per day, with a single respirator able to be reused up to 20 times without degradation.

The State of Colorado is approved for two systems by the U.S. HHS  and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  A second location is being secured within the state to house the second system.

All healthcare personnel are eligible for the free N95 decontamination, including emergency medical service personnel, nurses, nursing assistants, physicians, technicians, therapists, phlebotomists, pharmacists, dentists and dental hygienists, students and trainees, contractual staff not employed by the healthcare facility, and persons not directly involved in patient care, but who could be exposed to infectious agents that can be transmitted in the healthcare setting (e.g., clerical, dietary, environmental services, laundry, security, engineering and facilities management, administrative, billing, and volunteer personnel). Additionally, non-medical personnel participating in an emergency response due to COVID-19 also qualify as a healthcare professional under the Battelle Emergency Use Authorization.

How to sign up:

  • To get N95 respirators cleaned, health care providers must first fill out an enrollment form at battelle.org/decon
  • Battelle will return an email with links to the enrollment contract, instructions and the Battelle point of contact.
  • The enrollee will be given a three-digit code, which must be written on the respirators with permanent marker.
  • The respirators need to be unsoiled, free of blood, mucus, makeup, lip balm, etc. Place all masks into a single plastic bag and tie off the bag when it is full. Any soiled masks will be thrown out. The bag must be placed into a second plastic bag that should be wiped down with disinfectant. 
  • The respirators must be placed into a shipping box and labeled with the three-digit code and a biohazard sticker.
  • The enrollee contacts a shipper to coordinate pickup and delivery. 

Follow the step-by-step process of how to submit respirators for decontamination.

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

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El Estado de Colorado recibe sistema de Battelle para descontaminar mascarillas N95

(DENVER) 23 de abril de 2020:  El Centro de Comando Unificado de Colorado recibió un sistema de descontaminación de cuidados críticos que limpia y desinfecta respiradores N95 para que puedan ser reutilizados. El sistema será instalado hoy en el Salón de Muestra (Exhibit Hall) de Adams County Fairgrounds. El Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de Estados Unidos (HHS, siglas en inglés) es el dueño del sistema, y el Estado de Colorado se lo devuelvará a HHS cuando este ya no se necesite. 

Los Sistemas de Descontaminación de Cuidados Críticos de Battelle son unidades móviles autosuficientes de descontaminación que utilizan peróxido de hidrógeno en fase de vapor para descontaminar respiradores con mascarillas faciales con filtro de contaminantes biológicos, incluyendo el SARS-CoV-2. El sistema puede descontaminar diariamente hasta 80,000 respiradores N95 que ya han sido utilizados, de esta manera, un respirador se puede volver a utilizar hasta 20 veces sin que se degrade. 

El Estado de Colorado está aprobado para recibir dos sistemas por parte del HHS de EE.UU. y la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias. Se está garantizando el uso de un segundo sitio dentro del estado para almacenar el segundo sistema. 

Todo personal de atención médica cumple con los requisitos para utilizar el sistema de descontaminación de mascarillas N95 de manera gratuita, incluyendo personal de servicios médicos de emergencia, enfermeras, asistentes de enfermería, médicos, técnicos, terapeutas, flebotomistas, farmacéuticos, dentistas e higienistas dentales, estudiantes y aprendices, personal contratista sin empleo en centros de salud y personas no directamente vinculadas con cuidado de pacientes, pero que podrían ser expuestos a agentes infecciosos que pueden ser transmitidos en los entornos de atención médica (por ejemplo, personal administrativo, de nutrición, servicios ambientales, lavanderías, seguridad, ingeniería, administración de instalaciones, gestión, facturación y personal de voluntariado). Adicionalmente, el personal no médico que participe en una labor de respuesta de emergencia debido al Covid-19 también cumple con los mismos requisitos de un profesional de atención médica bajo la Autorización de Uso de Battelle.

Cómo inscribirse:

  • Para utilizar los servicios de limpieza de respiradores N95, los proveedores de atención médica primero deben llenar un formulario de inscripción en la página  battelle.org/decon.
  • Battelle responderá mediante un correo electrónico con enlaces al contrato de inscripción, instrucciones y a un punto de contacto en Battelle.
  • El afiliado recibirá un código de tres dígitos, el cual se deberá escribir en los respiradores con marcador permanente.
  • Los respiradores no pueden estar sucios y deben estar libres de sangre, mucosidades, maquillaje, protector labial, etc. Deberá colocar todas las mascarillas en una bolsa plástica y cerrarlas cuando se llenen. Toda mascarilla sucia se botará a la basura. La bolsa con mascarillas se deberá colocar en una segunda bolsa plástica, la cual se debe limpiar con desinfectante.
  • Se deben colocar los respiradores en una caja de envío con una etiqueta con el código de tres dígitos y un adhesivo que diga “biohazard”.
  • El afiliado debe contactar a una compañía transportista para coordinar el retiro y envío. 

Siga el proceso paso a paso sobre cómo enviar respiradores para su descontaminación.  Manténgase actualizado visitando la página covid19.colorado.gov.

State of Colorado receives Battelle System to decontaminate used N95 masks