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Update on the CCM protective equipment hood

There are many people contacting us regarding the product as we have been involved in its development. We are doing our best to answer all inquiries but our staff has been overwhelmed, so we have decided to answer the most common questions on this page.

We are developing different solutions so the hood can be used in various situations. As of now, it ready to use in most hospital settings. The hood was meant to be an air-supplied device but can be transformed in PAPR (powered air purifying respirator).

For any updates on availability, please leave your contact information at the bottom of this page, and we will share news as we have it. 

Is the hood available?

Yes. CCM Hockey company is ramping up production to meet demand. There has been requests for over 300 organizations across the country so far. Factory output is expected to reach full capacity within the next few days.

How is the hood sold?

The hood comes with tubing for air intake. This tubing can easily connect to most air output adapters in hospitals or medical clinics.

How can I buy one?

Purchase need to be made with CCM Hockey directly. As mentioned, we will provide a few compatible ventilation options in the near future. If you are interested in trying or purchasing the device, please fill the form below, and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

What is a PAPR (powered air purifying respirator)?

A PAPR is a device used to protect medical personnel against contaminated air. It consists of a hood that takes air from the room, filters it and then delivers the clean air to the user’s face. PAPRs are sometimes called positive-pressure masks, blower units, or just blowers.

What is the difference with and air-supplied device?

The air-supply device does not take air from inside the room but uses clean air from a distant source. Air systems in hospitals or fresh air intakes from outside can be used. The air also goes through a HEPA filter before being delivered to the hood.

What is a HEPA filter?

It’s important to distinguish between HEPA and True HEPA air purifiers to ensure that your needs are met. Essentially, True HEPA air purifiers captures up to 99.97 percent of particles as small as 0.3 microns. On the other hand, a purifier with a HEPA Type filter is capable of capturing 99 percent of particles that are 2 microns or larger.

Can I use the hood without an air supply?

The hood was not meant to be used without an air supply. Without appropriate airflow, CO2 starts building up inside after a few minutes. This could potentially be harmful by causing respiratory acidosis.

What are the options if I don’t have an air system installed in my facility?

The first option would be to have such a system installed. This could be very simple or complicated depending on the configuration of your facility and the building. For example, is there is a window in the room that can be opened, the air intake could be installed at a minimal cost. In other situation, this may require extensive work and the associated costs could be prohibitive for many.

A second option would be to use the device as a PAPR. Even if it was not meant to be used that way initially, this set-up would confer the same advantages and performance as any PAPR on the market. We are working to develop a portable filtration unit that would attach to the hoods tubing to complete the system so people without easy access to an air intake, like in most dental offices, can use it.

What is special about the hood compared with other products on the market?

There are many other similar products on the market and they are equally effective. The CCM hood is nothing new. That said, the concept was meant to be special by the fact that it is manufactured in our country by our people for our people. The protective equipment is scarce and everyone is fighting for it around the globe. Dr Caissie just started the project to protect himself and his colleagues from this virus.

Can I build my own?

Probably. If you are a little handy you could come up with something that works. Obviously, the hoods from CCM are professionally made and will be more comfortable and durable. Plans are available on the CCM website. As for the filtration, anything that filters air through with a True HEPA filter and pushes it at 50L/min or a little over 1.5 cubic foot per minute will do the job.

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