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Solution Overview & Benefits

Information updated: May 3rd 2020

This is an Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) hood.

Personal respirators use a fan to draw in air, through a filter, and deliver it to an enclosed hood or face mask. PeRSo (Personal Respirator Southampton) consists of a fabric hood which covers the wearer’s head, and a plastic visor to protect their face. A small portable unit delivers clean air through a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter to the wearer from a battery-powered fan pack mounted on a belt.

These respirators have to be safe and comfortable when worn continuously for 8-9 hours. The PeRSo prototype is designed to be light weight and quiet, because the fan is far away from the user’s head. Regarding practical use, the aim is such that the PeRSo is reusable over the duration of the pandemic, ideally for a period of 6 months, and therefore easily decontaminated and cleaned.

History & Development

Team Disclaimer:
Except as represented […] the Specification for the PeRSo Prototype and any information provided on th[e] website and linked pages is provided “AS IS”. The University of Southampton gives no assurance, guarantee or warranty, express or implied, that any PeRSo device manufactured or assembled following th[e] specification: will be safe to use; will be of merchantable quality; will be fit for any particular purpose; will protect individuals from contracting Covid19 or any other infectious disease or virus whilst using it; or that individuals using it will not suffer personal injury or death. The University of Southampton does not warrant or in any way assert that the manufacture, sale or use of PeRSos will not infringe the intellectual property of any other person or organization. The University of Southampton […] disclaims any and all warranties, express or implied, and excludes, to the maximum extent permitted by law, any and all liability for any loss, harm, damage, injury or death suffered by any person caused by, or resulting from, their reliance on the information, designs and Specifications provided.



Publicly available: No
Countries where available: As this is a prototype and not yet a product, the University is currently working with manufacturers
Offered or can be licensed for local manufacture: No

Additional Information

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