The 3M™ Versaflo™ PAPR is a powered air purifying respirator (PAPR) that offers an alternative to N95 respirators. The air pump is worn around the waist and attaches to a hood via a flexible tube. Air flows from the pump into the hood, inflating it and defogging the clear shield at its front. It is designed to keep the user’s face cool and allow for a wide view of their work area. There are two options for hoods/headpieces, with or without a shroud, and two sizes, small/medium or large in the non-shrouded headpiece.
- Compared to other PAPRs I’ve worn, this was much lighter. I didn’t feel a strain on my neck.
- It’s a much more comfortable alternative to the N95. If I had to choose an N95 or this, I’d choose this in a heartbeat.
- Position the battery pack to the side if you have a stool with a backrest.
- I’m not sure yet of the practicality in a busy hygiene schedule.
Keep an eye out for this product in a future issue of DENTAL ADVISOR!