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1/6/2014 at 2:41:23 PM GMT
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fire safety/breathable gas
acording to NFPA 99 , "A source of breathable gas allowing unrestricted mobility shall be alailable outside a class A or class B chambers for use of personnel in the event that the air is fouled by smoke or other combustion products of fire"... if a simple emergency fire respirator/hood sufficient by supplying chemically filtered "breathable air" or does it need to be in the form of an air supply such as a small canister attached to a mask?... what are other facilities doing to meet this requirement?

1/17/2014 at 4:14:56 PM GMT
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We use a Draeger Paat C Smoke Hood.  A while back there was an article on MedEd Online that discussed this issue.  One of their recommendations at that time was the Draeger hood.  These hoods should fulfill the NFPA requirement.  A couple of years ago the hoods were about $200 per hood plus a wall mount bracket ($40).  We've got 2 in our unit - one on each end by our fire extinguishers.  After purchasing these hoods, another dept in our hospital came over & loooked at them as they also needed a hood to meet safety requirements. Whatever hood you go with, make sure you do fire drills that require your staff don the hoods. 

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Brian Pruss RRT/CHT


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