Example Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's)

PURPOSE: To protect staff from airborne pathogens during routine care for patients where protection from airborne contaminants is warranted.

POLICY: MAXAIR CAPR Series Cuff Systems (Shroud and Hood Configurations are also available) are to be used by all health professionals entering negative airflow, Airborne Infection Isolation Rooms (AIIR) during hospitalization of patients requiring Airborne Precautions (See Exposure Control Plan).

Proper Assembly Procedure

  1. Begin by securing the Liner front edge under and against the front lip of the Helmet. The Liner front should be “caught” in this recessed area at the Helmet front.
  2. Secure one front Liner Snap to the Helmet Snap by pressing the Liner Snap firmly to the Helmet Snap. Repeat for the other front Liner Snap. Then repeat for each of the two rear Liner Snaps.
  3. Secure the Helmet Liner rear to the Helmet rear by pressing them together.
  4. Ensure the Helmet Power Cord is secure to the Helmet.

Donning the CAPR System

  1. Use the Battery clip to attach the Battery to the Battery Belt. Secure the Belt around the waist.
  2. Attach the DLC Lens to the Helmet by pressing each of the Attachment Holes and the Alignment Hole, one at a time, over their corresponding Helmet Attachment Posts, on the right, center, and left sides of the helmet. Be sure that the DLC cuff faces to the inside of the helmet.
  3. NOTE: For persons with medium to large faces, start with the 2365-02ML DLC. For persons with a small face, start with the 2365-02SM DLC.
  4. Hold the helmet in one hand just behind the headband and snap one side DLC Attachment Hole over the same side Helmet Attachment Post.
  5. Slide your hand over the DLC and over to the front center of the Helmet and ensure that the DLC center Alignment Hole snaps securely over the Helmet Center Alignment Post.
  6. Then,continue to slide your hand along the top of the DLC and around to the other side of the Helmet and snap the other DLC side Attachment Hole over the other Helmet side Attachment Post.
  7. With the DLC fully assembled to the Helmet, remove the Lens Protector by grasping the Peel Tab and gently pulling up andover, right to left.

Doffing the Helmet

There are two, alternative protocols for doffing the CAPR Helmet.

Alternative A. is doffing the Helmet leaving the DLC attached for the next use.

Alternative B.
is removing the DLC for disposal and doffing the Helmet.
  1. Loosen the rear Headband Adjustment Knob (turn counterclockwise).
  2. Hold the front top of the Helmet in one hand and with the other hand on the Adjustment Knob; lift the Helmet up and off the head.
  3. Disconnect the Helmet Power Cord from the Battery by releasing the secure lock (press down on the black button above the Cord Connector) and pull the Power Cord Connector straight out of the Battery Connector. 
  4. Disconnect the Battery Belt from around the waist by un-snapping the buckle.
  5. Ensure the Battery Charger is plugged into a properly grounded 110VAC wall outlet and that the LED indicator on the Charger is green. Connect the Battery to the charger by pushing the Charger Cord Connector into the Battery Connector. The Charger light should turn red within a few seconds, to indicate charging. If the Charger LED remains green it means that the Battery is satisfactorily charged and ready for the next use.
    • WARNING: Ensure the Battery is removed from the Charger when the Charger LED turns green. Do not leave the Battery on the Charger after the Battery is charged and the light turns greenand never longer that the typical maximum charging time per the Battery. Refer to User’s Instructions P/N 03521015 Rev K or higher for details on Battery care and Charging instructions, warnings, cautions, and notes.
  6. The entire CAPR System may be decontaminated at this time, or prior to the next use, per the approved institutional protocol. Decontamination may be accomplished by wiping down all inner and outer surfaces of the system with an alcohol, bleach, or quaternary ammonia wipe.
  7. Store the CAPR System in the appropriate, designated location per the institutional protocol until the next use.

CAPR Helmet Components Disassembly

  1. Unsnap the Helmet Pull Tab, pull the tab downward and out away from the helmet to release the FCC from the Helmet. Lift the FCC up and forward, off the Helmet.
  2. NOTE: If the FCC does not release it may be in the locked position, indicated by the gap at the top between the FCC and the snap adapter.
  3. Press down on the lower back of the FCC to release the lock as indicated by the gap at the bottom between the FCC and the snap adapter. Then repeat the previous instructions.

Decontaminating the CAPR System.

  1. All outer and inner surfaces of the assembled system may be wiped down with an alcohol, bleach, or quaternary ammonia wipe between uses and between different users wearing the system.
  2. First inspect the system and perform any disassembly and assembly procedures necessary for all disposable items, and for all components that have become worn or damaged.
  3. Apply a suitable wipe over all outside surfaces, and then over all inside surfaces.
  4. If desirable, replace the DLC, Filter Cartridge, or Filter Cover Cap by following their assembly and disassembly procedures, respectively.
  5. If desirable, replace the front headband Comfort Strip.
  6. A disposable front Headband Comfort Strip is provided for added comfort. A rear, non-disposable Closed Cell Foam Comfort Strip is provided for added comfort and sizing for very small head sizes. They are attached by hook and loop to the Headband.
  7. To remove adamaged or soiled front Comfort Strip, pull it away and off of the Headband.
  8. To attach a new front Comfort Strip, align it parallel to the Headband with the loop side facing the Headband and press it on (only one side of the comfort strip will attach to the hook tape on the Headband).
  9. The rear Closed Cell Foam comfort strip may be cleaned for reuse by wiping with an alcohol, bleach, or quaternary ammonia wipe.
  10. The following warnings must be adhered to for maximum longevity of your system.
  11. Isopropyl alcohol may be used to clean the Helmet. However, repeated long term use of isopropyl alcohol may deface the Helmet.

CAUTION: Difficult to clean areas/air channels -the air channels should never need cleaning. If they do, the Filters are not being maintained properly or replaced at appropriate intervals.

Cleaning and Maintenance of the CAPR System

  1. A front and rear Headband Comfort Strip are provided for added comfort. They are attached by hook and loop to the Helmet Liner front and rear Headbands.
  2. To remove a damaged or soiled front headband Comfort Strip, pull it away and off of the Headband.
  3. To attach a new front headband Comfort Strip, align it parallel to the Headband with the loop side acing the Headband and press it on (only one side of the comfort strip willattach to the hook tape on the Headband).
  4. The rear headband comfort strip is made of Closed Cell Foam and is not necessary to be removed. It may be cleaned for reuse by wiping with an alcohol, bleach, or quaternary ammonia wipe.

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