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Mobile Backpack Cooling System With Integrated Hydration System / Hooded Reuseble Vest To Be Worn Under PPE

Backpack Mobile Cooling System is designed to be worn under PPE to provide 2+hours of cooling. The system pumps ice chilled water though a hooded vest that covers the chest and back as well as the neck and head. This system circulates the same decontamination solution used in the decontanation process after healthcare providers exit the treatment area. The entire system can be decontaminated and reused with a pump life of 25k hours. This system can be worn during the doning process to decrease added heat stress prior to entering treatment zone.

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This system is used worldwide and is readily available.

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Great question, the backpack and the hooded vest weight a combined 3.8 lbs. About half what a phase change vest PCV does

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Jay;

First, - I'd love to be part of Team whose Idea goes as far as it possibly can. That said, I trust you'll take my queries in the constructive light in which they are sincerely intended.

Now: I've been thinking about the "2 Hour+" cooling time-frame that your CoolShirt allows the HCW to benefit by: can it be extended? In other words: do you think that two (2) hours worth of cooling will provide enough ventilation for the HCWs working- say, within an 8 hour day in some Tropical locale? Taking into consideration that their work-day will most likely be even longer than 8 hours.

My reason for this question stems from a review of the recently-updated Guidance Protocols f or donning/doffing of protective gear.
Here's the link: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/procedures-for-ppe.html

Having read it a couple of times, I am amazed at the incredibly LONG (...albeit quite necessary...) amount of TIME it will take the HCW to put on and take off their PPE.

Which leads me to restate my question(s) above: how MUCH of these 2 hours will therefore get swallowed-up in the Donning process itself, leaving how much ACTUAL time left for the HCW to benefit from the cooling process while dealing with patients? Which is after all the basic intent of the Shirt. I say this taking into consideration that- as the Guidance above outlines: (a) there are 12 Steps involved in the Donning Process; (b) the majority of these stages will need to be first Guided, and then Checked by the Trained Observer who assists the HCW into and out of the suit - which will consume major time; and (c) if your CoolShirt goes on at either Step 7 - after the gown or overall is donned, or at Step 9 with the PAPR, there will still remain 3 more stages before the HCW can even step out of the Donning Room, namely: the Apron stage, the Verification stage - which is a vital "once-over" to ensure everything is in order, and finally the Glove-Disinfecting stage.

I hope you understand my question; if not, I'd be willing to clarify further.

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Hey Denise, we have submitted a full plan to USaid that allows HCWs to extend cooling times for 8 hours in doning and doffing process to include the care POD using our 12 -18- 50 liter battery powered coolers these units are used in over 10K operating rooms around the world... I'm a sure you can understand we are limiting what we post and show due to competing for profit companies tend to copy our designs.

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...enough said.

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Would be glad to have a call with you to discuss any questions or suggestions you have. Please don't take my response was directed at any non profit participants in this challenge. We have offered our help to any and all that have asked :)

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No worries, Jay; I read you loud and clear the first time, and realize that you are being - how do the English put it: "economical with your design-details" in order not to be an Inadvertent Santa Clause in November. Cheers!

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