New respirators called Controlled Air Purifying Respirators (CAPRs) have been purchased for Ruby Memorial Hospital. These new CAPRs will replace the old Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPRs) within the hospital. PAPRs will still be used in the ambulatory clinics, and N95 masks will continue to be used in certain areas as designated by the Safety Department.

Approximately 50 super users have provided hands-on training to employees who will be using the new CAPRs. Ten new CAPR carts have been deployed throughout the hospital. Employees who have not yet been trained on the new CAPRs must be trained by Wednesday, June 15. To schedule training, contact Cheryl Travis in CEOD at travisch@wvumedicine.org. A new CAPR CBL will also be included in NetLearning for all affected staff.

In addition, starting in June, all WVU Medicine employees, faculty and residents will also be required to complete an OSHA respirator survey in ReadySet. ReadySet is Employee Health’s electronic medical record. ReadySet will automatically send an email to employees when their surveys are due. ReadySet can be accessed through the Employee Health website: http://connect.wvuhealthcare.com/employee-health/home/readyset-myhealth/.

For questions about the new CAPRs or this process change, contact Lana Bunner at bunnerl@wvumedicine.org or Roger Osbourn at osbournr@wvumedicine.org in the Safety Department.