MAY 6, 2020- Today, Governor Brad Little announced a partnership with the global research and development organization Battelle that will provide decontamination of N95 masks for Idaho’s front line health providers using CCDS or Critical Care Decontamination System. Hospitals, nursing homes, home health facilities, emergency services personnel and others are be able to use the services at no cost.
Front line health providers collect and send their contaminated protective equipment to CCDS, co-located at the Idaho National Laboratory site in Idaho Falls, where the system can decontaminate up to 80,000 N95 respirators per day. Respirator masks are tracked throughout our process with each hospital receiving their own masks back after decontamination.
Battelle received FDA Emergency Use Authorization and began construction on the CCDS in March. The process involves using vapor phase hydrogen peroxide to decontaminate single-use disposable N95 personal protective equipment, or PPE, allowing for up to 20 reuses without degrading filter performance.
Entities can request Battelle CCDS services by completing an official inquiry form at https://www.battelle.org/inquiry/offerings-and-services/covid-response