Lighting manufacture INDO Lighting deploys pioneering PPE to NHS

INDO Lighting, on behalf of Baynhams are working with University of Southampton and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) to develop, manufacture and deploy the PeRSo protective respirator to frontline NHS workers.

The PeRSo concept was designed by engineers at the University of Southampton and researchers at NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre in collaboration with clinicians at UHS. INDO, on behalf of Baynhams has since developed PeRSo into a working product.

The PeRSo system consist of a fabric hood with a clear plastic visor across the face. A hose then connects to a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter with a belt-mounted blower system, which delivers clean air, and which can be worn continuously for eight to nine hours and is reusable after appropriate cleaning.

Frontline healthcare staff at UHS tested the prototypes, following this UHS placed an order for 5000 units and is the first healthcare provider in the country to widely introduce this pioneering protective respirator hood for staff treating patients with coronavirus (Covid-19).

The equipment is currently undergoing evaluation for regulatory approval for use as an alternative to current FFP2 and FFP3 masks and visors.

One of the selling points about the PeRSo, at least for NHS staff, is that it has a clear visor rather than, as with conventional respirators, covering the mouth and nose. Feedback so far from several NHS users is how important it is to be able to smile at a patient, which you can’t do with a conventional mask solution. The hood covers the entire head and shoulders protecting the user from breathing in contaminated air.

Following certification (expected by the end of May) INDO intends to make PeRSo available to all working in health and social care who require PPE to continue the work they are doing to combat Covid-19.

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