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John Hopkins Hospital Desires Your
POWERED AIR PURIFYING RESPIRATORS (“PAPR’S)
Dear Friend,

A lot of crazy ideas come out of the woodwork in a pandemic. But this one isn’t crazy. It comes from Johns Hopkins Hospital. And it actually works.

We have all been watching as the COVID pandemic out-strips our ability to produce enough equipment to protect our doctors and nurses. But it could be that the Personal Protective Equipment our healthcare workers need is all around us — we just have to round it up and get it to our hospitals.

According to an urgent “wanted letter” co-signed by Dr. Lisa Maragakis, Hopkins Senior Director of Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Prevention and Bob Maloney, Hopkins Director of Emergency Management, “considering the anticipated surge, more healthcare providers will need personal respiratory protection and fast. In particular, we will need additional Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR’s)... We believe there are additional PAPR’s... purchased by non-healthcare entities that could also be utilized by healthcare workers...”
What kind of non-healthcare entities? Asbestos removal companies. Lead-abatement companies. Industrial painters. Insulators. And other environmental remediation trades.

Wow. So, it turns out the same Powered Air Powered Respirators used by asbestos removal companies — and other companies that do environmental remediation — can be repurposed in this pandemic to protect doctors and nurses. All of us have seen workers in these suits in the past — on construction sites, or painting bridges, or installing insulation. 

And while the industrial-use suits are heavier than those designed for nurses and doctors, the Air Purifying Respirators are essentially the same as the ones used by doctors. All of which means they can be used, according to Hopkins, “on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19.” (See picture of 3M model TR-300 below)
According to Hopkins Director of Emergency Management, Bob Maloney, “200 of these PAPR suits could be a game changer for us in this fight. We have to protect our workforce of doctors and nurses so they can protect all of us.”

Already Hopkins has collected 91 of these PAPR suits. 10 of these were donated just today by the International Painters Union training facility in Lanham, Maryland. But we are in a race against time. So spread the word to people you know who work in these industries, or to unions or training programs that work in these fields. For donations of Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR’s) call: Hopkins Supply Chain Manager, George Lavdas, at (443)766-0758 or email George at  glavdas1@jhmi.edu

Again, spread the word. There is not a moment to spare.

The full letter from Hopkins is attached below.

We are all in this together.

—- Martin O’Malley


To provide resources, please contact George Lavdas our Senior Director for Supply Chain Transformation by email at: glavdas1@jhmi.edu. Or by cell at: (443) 766–0758.
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