"Vinyl Saves Lives" Booth And Demo At NPE2015
SPI and affiliate Flexible Vinyl Alliance to demonstrate how PVC saves lives.
Lilli Manolis Sherman
Appearing at the lobby of the South Hall of the Orange County Convention Center, the booth’s showcased items will include an actual portable medical isolation containment unit similar to those used in Africa and elsewhere to isolate patients and protect medical personnel and the populace from the spread of infectious diseases and contain pandemics such as Ebola and SARS. Also on display will be Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as garments, masks and shoe covers.
Support for the booth comes from leading soft vinyl producers and manufacturers of specialized medical products and systems, as well as organizations using these materials in affected regions of Africa and other places. The Flexible Vinyl Alliance, SPI’s Flexible Vinyl Products Div., The Vinyl Institute (VI), and the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) among others, will be represented in the booth. Also expected to be part of the presentation is a wide range of other medical products and healthcare groups.
VFA is responsible for the planning and promotion of the project. Says VFA’s executive director Kevin Ott, “While some of the best-known, but often unrecognized uses of PVC include wire and cable jacketing, medical tubing, blood bags, roofing, flooring and wall coverings, the material is suitable for an almost limitless range of products offering superior and proven performance characteristics, particularly in healthcare settings, that are essential to patient safety and survival, as we deal with pandemic containment and protecting the general population. Lacking a vaccine for Ebola at this time, PVC plays an essential role as a barrier material between the health care worker and the fluids that are known to spread the virus.”
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