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COOLING VESTS for Health Care Workers treating Ebola in West Africa

Current Ebola Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) PERFORMANCE DATA Normal Work Duration: 40 mins Decontamination Time: 20 mins Rest, Hydration and Heat Stress Rehab: 60 - 80 mins PPE Don/Doff Cycles per shift: 4 TOTAL HEALTH CARE DELIVERY DURATIONPER 8 HOUR SHIFT: 160 MINS Enhanced Ebola Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) with TechKewlâ„¢ Phase Change Cooling Vest PERFORMANCE DATA Enhanced Work Duration: 100 mins Decontamination Time: 20 mins Rest, Hydration and Heat Stress Rehab: 40 mins PPE Don/Doff Cycles per shift: 3 TOTAL HEALTH CARE DELIVERY DURATIONPER 8 HOUR SHIFT: 300 MINS (88% Increase)

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These Cooling Vests are already being deployed in West Africa by other governments.  These Cooling Vests are already used by HazMat Responders here in the US.  The Health Care workers in West Africa need this heat stress protection NOW ...

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Hi Doug, thanks for posting. You gave very concret datas regarding working times. So you already make tests with cooling vests under a PPE? What was the ambient temperature and humidity, for which you gave the working time of 100 minutes? How was the heat transfered? Directly to the body via thermal conduction or by condensing water on the heat exchanger itself?

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Rainer

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Rainier ... thanks for the questions. We have been designing and manufacturing Phase Change Cooling Vests for 15 years. Our products are sold in 50+ countries worldwide and they are deployed by a wide variety of users including First Responders, HazMat Teams, Fire Fighters, Military Personnel, Mascots/Costumers, Medical Staff, Nuclear Plant Employees and other PPE users facing heat stress challenges. I would estimate that we have over 150,000 units currently in use. The scenario I outlined is an estimate based on an ambient temperature of 95F and humidity of 95% for someone who is 6 ft and 180 lbs. Heat is absorbed from the body into the 58F Cool Pax that are deployed inside the Cooling Vest. Let me know if you have additional questions.