Surgical mask to protect against MRSA

Fosshield antimicrobial fibre, developed by nonwoven manufacturer Foss Manufacturing, is to be used in the production of a surgical mask intended to protect against 99.99% of bacteria, including MRSA.

Unlike other agents applied via topical coatings, Fosshield uses a silver and copper ion fibre system to permanently capture and kill the microbes. The antimicrobial fibre has been engineered to blend into fabrics such as cotton and nylon, without changing its characteristics.

The SpectraShield 9500 Surgical N95 respirator mask, designed by Nexera Medical, recently received clearance under the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) 510K and from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). This makes it the first commercially available antibacterial respirator mask of its kind to achieve FDA clearance in the US, said Foss. The mask is intended for surgical and medical applications, as well as for general use during emergency events such as a disease outbreak or full-scale pandemic.

A.J. Nassar, CEO of Foss Manufacturing, said: “We are very pleased with the FDA’s and NIOSH’s recent commercial clearance of Nexera’s SpectraShield mask, which we believe validates our Fosshield technology’s ability to protect people from harmful germs, including some of the world’s most dangerous strains of bacteria.

“Fosshield is a technology with enormous potential, and we are currently working to bring its germ-fighting power beyond the SpectraShield mask to many other products across several markets, including automotive, apparel, building, and hospitality.”

Source: WTiN

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