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BOFA International has launched an aerosol extraction system that is designed to protect from the transmission of contaminants between patients and dental staff.
BOFA International has launched a direct aerosol extraction system for dental surgeries that is designed to offer protection from the bidirectional transmission of contaminants between patients and dental staff.
The portable DentalPRO Aerosol unit is said to capture 99.997% of particles at 0.3 microns thanks to its high-performing, high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. This significantly exceeds the 95% filtration effectiveness of N95 masks, commonly used in dental clinics, BOFA International said in a statement.
“The new DentalPRO Aerosol model addresses one of the biggest concerns of dental surgeries as staff look to return to work—how to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 during routine procedures,” said Luke Ziolkowski, global business development manager, dental, BOFO International. “Our technology achieves this through the capture of aerosol directly from patient breathing zones thanks to its close-proximity design that extracts contaminated air away from dental staff. Not only does this protect dental staff, it does so with no procedure interference and also helps prevent the risk of surface contamination caused by bioaerosols and spatter.”
The BOFA system incorporates a three-stage filtration process, with a pre-filter removing larger particulate—including dust associated with solidified paste used in many dental procedures—and protecting the effectiveness of the main HEPA filter and the carbon filter in capturing airborne contaminants. The DentalPRO Aerosol’s multi-joint arm ensures easy positioning of the capture hood in the patient breathing zone, while a powerful pump, serviceable for 20,000+ hours, provides adjustable extraction rates. The system can be turned to maximum capacity for applications that involve heavier aerosol generation.
“This extraction system is the result of deep dental sector knowledge informed by over 30 years of innovation,” Ziolkowski said. “The technology has a significant role to play, alongside infection prevention control measures and in combination with PPE, in safeguarding dental surgery staff from the spread of virus and helping to establish COVID-19 secure environments that will instill confidence among the wider community.”
For more information on BOFA International of the DentalPRO Aerosol unit, visit biofainternational.com.