Study reveals whether self-filtering masks can be reusable

Study reveals whether self-filtering masks can be reusable
Study reveals whether self-filtering masks can be reusable

With the intention of protecting the health of the population during the return to a “new normal”, Matachana Group will carry out a recycling test of non-reusable self-filtering masks with the collaboration of Dräger, a leading multi-national in the field of medical and security technology.

The objective of this study is to know if self-filtering masks can be reusable. To do this, low temperature sterilization tests will be carried out with the 130HPO® vaporized hydrogen peroxide equipment with the intention of obtaining quick results, to try to solve the shortage of these individual protective equipment due to the current situation.

The research will be carried out in the MATEC laboratory that Matachana Group has in Barcelona. For this, the group already has all the protocols to carry out the tests immediately.

The main idea is to be able to give a “circumstantial alternative” to national and international hospitals and medical centers to be able to reuse the masks / respirators in case of a shortage of them immediately and with total safety.

In this way, it is intended to verify that recycling using the Matachana hydrogen peroxide sterilization system allows reuse and, above all, does not harm the performance of the FFP2 and FFP3 masks after “X” sterilization cycles.

In the words of Dionisio Martínez de Velasco, Managing Director of Dräger Iberia, “From Dräger we want to guarantee, as far as possible, the supply of sanitary equipment during the gradual decontamination. For this, we are going to collaborate with a prestigious brand such as Matachana Group to carry out tests that verify the safety and efficacy of self-filtering masks in case they need to be reusable.”