Full body PPE with filtered air circulation developed

Mysuru: Adding a new dimension to the ongoing battle against the Covid-19 pandemic, a Mysuru based manufacturing unit has developed a Full Body PPE that allows filtered air to be circulated to keep the whole body fresh and sweat-free.

It would now be possible for doctors and frontline warriors to work longer without the discomforts and hassles associated with conventional PPE kits that often result in a profuse perspiration and a feeling of suffocation, the company director Jagan Gupta claimed.

Aptly named “Gloair” the PPE will add to the arsenal required to supplement efforts to contain the spread of the Coronavirus and equip the doctors to comprehensively address the health hazards. “Our continuous interactions with doctors at the hospitals where Covid patients were being treated, highlighted the hassles of wearing PPEs for long hours resulting in not only fatigue and loss of energy due to lack of fresh air to various parts of the body. To overcome this inadequacy, we worked on developing a kit that allowed for circulating fresh filtered air for the whole body,” Gupta explained.

“Our system filters out most airborne contaminants, as we are using filters that have a viral removal efficacy of 99.999 per cent, and can be used for up to 100 hours. The Gloair PPE kit is equipped with an air blower, air filters, motor, power bank, charger, waist belt and a user manual. It is a comfortable lightweight design that does not require any external help to put on or take off. We have deliberately kept the unit price affordable to make Gloair’s large-scale use possible,” the company spokesperson added.

Asked to explain the operation of the system, Gupta said “the Gloair PPE kit has a tube connected to the air outlet of the air supply module. To turn on the air supply, a USB connector from the air supply module is plugged into the power bank which starts the motor of the blower to pump in filtered air into the full-body PPE kit through the connecting air tube. The airflow can be increased or reduced by using a Flow Control Knob. A fully charged Power Bank will supply air up​to eight hours in normal conditions.”

Another problem faced by users is that the eyeglasses or visor gets fogged due to perspiration thereby obstructing the view. The Gloair PPE has a larger visor that provides clear vision without fogging because of the continuous supply of filtered air.

Gupta said that the company is planning to market Gloair in a big way to support Government efforts to fight the pandemic, as also to provide a user-friendly PPE to secure the health of the Corona warriors who have been relentlessly waging this war for more than a year.

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