SmartPPE uses sensors to improve personal protective equipment (PPE) for infectious disease outbreaks.
SmartPPE is a prototype aimed to improve the efficiency of personal protective equipment (PPE). The prototype is targeted towards use in Ebola-affected areas. SmartPPE aims to be reusable and improve ventilation of traditional hazard mitigation equipment.
West Africa and any area of infectious outbreak
Unknown, as this product is still in prototype phase
Goal 3: Good health and well-being
Trained healthcare professionals
Standard and existing manufacturing processes will be used to minimize fabrication costs, especially for high volumes.
No patent filed yet, but the SmartPPE will not be open source. Interview with representative
There is not yet a definite model as the business model is still under development. Following commercialization, the suit should be available for sale through the manufacturing company. Interview with representative
The first prototype was announced in April, 2016. As of early 2019, the product is still a prototype and not widely distributed.
The SmartPPE consists of a single coverall, including the hood and a face visor. The product is intended be reusable to reduce waste.
Support, including training, use, preventative maintenance instruction, recycling, and other logistics will be provided by the manufacturer.
In the event of a major issue, the suit will be replaced.
The lifecycle (number of uses, length of time) is unknown, however, the product is multi-use because it can be disinfected by being dipped in chlorine. When the equipment is damaged in any way, it can be either disinfected one last time and disposed of as any other waste, or treated as infectious waste.
The SmartPPE seeks to simplify dressing and undressing procedures to speed up these steps and to reduce the risk of self-contamination, be effectively disinfected when dipped in chlorine, be better ventilated and cooler in hot climates, and safely protect the user.
This product is in the prototype stage as of early 2019. No known vetted performance exists.
The manufacturer specifies that users must complete a training to assist in compliance with all safety instructions. In addition, the product is being designed such that dressing, undressing, and disinfection is simplified.
As the PPE is reusable, it must be thoroughly disinfected. All materials have to be resistant to Chlorine, and there should not remain any area unreached by a liquid solution when the PPE is dipped into it.
When the equipment does not need to be reused, it can be either disinfected one last time and disposed of as any other waste, or treated as infectious waste.
The PPE includes a ventilation system to provide the user with fresh air, prevent fogging, and keep the temperature inside the suit bearable. The current prototype uses a commercially available ventilation system, but a new ventilation system is under development to fulfill all the constraints of the targeted context and applications. This ventilation system includes batteries and filters. Interview with representative
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Cao, H., 2012, Smart Technology for Personal Protective Equipment and Clothing, Smart Textiles for Protection. R.A. Chapman, ed., Woodhead Publishing Limited, Cambridge, UK, pp. 229-241.
The current prototype has not been certified, but the final product will be. The final product will most likely follow European standards for protective equipment and ventilation systems. Interview with representative
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