ThePorex Corporation, manufacturer of porous polymers, has pioneered the use of viral filtration efficiency (VFE) testing methods and tested its own materials used in medical device design.
The Porex components were able to consistently obtain a 99.9987% VFE score, showing that its materials effectively help to protect healthcare workers and patients from aerosol-based viruses potentially present in medical settings. Porex initiated VFE testing for its materials as its customers were frequently fielding concerns from patients and healthcare workers that the components used in equipment procedures would not pose risks of a healthcare associated infection (HAI).
Avi Robbins, vice president, global product development and R&D at Porex, said: “The pandemic has magnified what was already a pressing issue in healthcare settings around the world, which is that inadequate filtration materials put patients and professionals at risk of contracting dangerous viruses. We took the step to lead the materials industry into VFE testing to validate efficacy, and we are thrilled to confirm that our filtration and venting components are trustworthy and reliable for blocking viral particle spread.”