Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR)
Personnel who cannot be fitted for N-95 respirators (due to facial hair, medical problems, improper fit, etc.) must have access to Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) hoods to provide care for patients in respiratory isolation.
PAPR carts for use on the inpatient units may be ordered from Supply Chain Management at 955-6337. Each cart has a supply of hoods which are reusable and given to the employee. At a cost of approximately $20 per hood, we do not recommend discarding them after each use. Employees should mark the hood with their name and keep it for future use.
Fit testing is not required to use a PAPR hood; however, the correct size should be provided. The hoods come in two sizes:
Regular (21 - 23 inches) for hat size 6 ½ –7 3/8
Large (22 – 25 inches) for hat size 7–8