Powered Air-purifying Respirators (PAPRs) Plan

The following guidelines will be followed in allocating PAPRs.

How many PAPRs are being distributed?

  • ED units would keep the current stock on the disaster carts
  • Each designated unit=10
  • Each ICU supplied through Material Distribution based on need

How will supply monitoring of PAPRs occur daily?

  • Each facility (house supervisor) will enter count of PAPRs (total in use AND total available at site) daily into SurgeNet each morning for Incident Command to monitor by 7 a.m.

Who will supply PAPRs?

  • Materials Management at each local campus site will supply PAPR units.
  • PAPRs not in use will be housed in Materials Management.

What do I do if a PAPR unit is broken/not working?

  • Broken units are to be reported to Materials Management who will bring a replacement.
  • If after hours, the night shift supervisor will get a replacement from Materials Management.

How do I take care of the PAPR units?

  • Hoods and hoses are to be retained, not disposed of
  • Between uses, hoods and hoses are to be wiped down with purple-top Sani Wipes.

What are my directions for the use of the PAPR units?

Inspection prior to use:

  • Helmet/hood, breathing tube, and/or fittings are correct for the pump being used (must be the same manufacturer)
  • Airflow is adequate according to flow check tube or cone.
    • If airflow is inadequate, notify Materials Management for replacement filter.

Donning (putting on) the PAPR:

  • Fittings and connections are tight, and hose is not leaking
  • PAPR is turned on before entering patient room
  • Exit patient room then check battery if unit alarms

Doffing (taking off) the PAPR:

  • Before exiting patient room (at the doorway), remove all PPE except PAPR
  • PAPR is removed after exiting the patient room
  • After removing PAPR, wipe all the outer components including hood, hose, and blower unit with purple-top Sani Wipes.

Cleaning and Disinfecting:

  • Do not submerge the battery, blower unit/filtration, or hood/helmet in liquid.


  • After disinfection and drying, store in clean utility room or designated area
March 22, 2020

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