Today is a great day to think about preparing for a flu epidemic. Will you reply on standard oxygen masks, and then sit right next to what comes out of the exhaust vent? Or will you put an N-95 respirator on the patient while their hypoxia worsens? If you don’t like these choices take a look at the FLO2 Mask from BLS Systems.
The FLO2 Mask is a new product for delivering high-concentrations of oxygen while filtering the patients exhaled air. It’s an important breakthrough in infection control and pandemic planning. In Canada many have already stockpiled them, but in the USA few EMS departments or government agencies are aware of the product yet.
What really happens when you put a standard non-rebreathing oxygen mask on a patient with a respiratory infection? Answer: You ride to the hospital in a cloud of their exhaled contaminants. Researchers in Canada believe this may be the mechanism by which so many acquired SARS in Toronto Hospitals.
The Solution is the FLO2 Max
The FLO2 Max is a low flow, high concentration oxygen mask combined with a hydrophobic submicron filter. It delivers concentrations of 30%-99% oxygen. It is compatible with most nebulizers. All patient exhalation
is filtered through a 3M-brand submicron filter. It protects Paramedics, other Patients, and Healthcare Workers with over 99.9% bacterial and viral filter efficiency.
Should oxygen flow cease the valves will allow the patient to breath normally on room air. This product is an important tool for managing respiratory borne infections. It allows the pre-hospital clinician to deliver oxygen therapy while protecting themselves and other staff.
Two weeks ago nobody cared much when I talked about the importance of this unique new product. This week I think more EMS providers will be eager to hear about it. It’s a great way to protect your staff while transporting patients with respiratory illness in a pandemic situation.