Thanks to the generous support of the corporate sector, Western Health has been able to invest in an innovative new PPE product, Halo masks. These have already been put to use with our healthcare workers wearing them on the frontline, assisting them to stay safe whilst responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The following companies have joined together, providing over $80,000 to support Western Health to purchase the Halo masks; Advance West, Alcidion, Exemplar Health, Kane, LANEC and Plenary Health Team.
"We are very appreciative of the support from our corporate partners and wider community," said Dr Marion Kainer, Head of Unit for Infectious Diseases at Western Health.
"In this time of great uncertainty, we know many of these organisations are facing their own challenges. We are grateful for their generosity and commitment to supporting us, so we can continue to deliver best care for those living in Melbourne's west," she said.
The cutting-edge Halo masks are a tight-fitting mask, with a rechargeable battery that can be worn comfortably by ICU respiratory and emergency staff for long hours. The nature and longevity of these masks mean the costs are substantially more up front but will save Western Health resources in the long run. The masks are also more environmentally friendly and reduce reliance on disposable masks across the organisation. They are ideal for wearing when treating respiratory or infectious diseases and could also be worn comfortably in an operating theatre, making them especially relevant during the COVID-19 period, but also into the future across a range of other hospital applications. Estimates indicate that the use of these masks will replace around 20,000 disposable masks per annum.
If you or your organisation are interested in supporting this innovative project, or you would like more information about how you can get involved, please contact [email protected]\