PPE for Healthcare and Businesses designed to support regulatory compliance of front-line workers, patients, staff and customers
Las Vegas, Nevada – (NOV 9, 2020) – As the United States balances reopening businesses amid surge in the infections of COVID-19 cases, Catalyst, an innovative design and development company, is diversifying its focus from consumer electronics to medical equipment sourcing, design and manufacturing to provide protective gear for healthcare and business communities.
Today, Catalyst is releasing a range of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Healthcare, including the Catalyst Disposable Non-NIOSH Approved KN95 Filtering Facepiece Respirator and the Catalyst Face Shield for use by health care workers and health care officials. Catalyst is also releasing a range of PPE for Businesses for businesses to protect customers and employees including face masks, face mask comfort extenders, face mask holders, safety boxes, floor decals and social distancing barriers. The new line of products enables businesses to reopen while meeting Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations.
“We are committed to creating high quality, appropriate PPE medical supplies and products that governments, businesses, hospitals, healthcare workers, and front-line workers can rely on,” Catalyst CEO June Lai said. “Catalyst is historically known around the world for designing the highest quality protection for electronics. Today, we’re able to use what we do best to help fill a critical need and protect people during a global pandemic. I believe our team is uniquely positioned to step up to this challenge.”
Lai is a scientist and started her career in biotech. After getting her MBA, and a number of other advanced degrees, she analyzed publicly listed biotech, pharma and health care companies and positioned complex businesses for growth through acquisitions and partnerships. Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer Josh Wright is a globally-recognized, award-winning industrial designer. At its core, Catalyst is a design and innovation company led by people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Coupled with their collective experience in sourcing and logistics, they are uniquely positioned to create and supply the healthcare field with much-needed PPE.
To amplify their expertise, Catalyst worked closely with a team of specialists throughout the design and manufacturing process, including regulatory and legal consultants with more than 60 years’ collective experience working at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to ensure the Catalyst products and processes meet FDA guidelines and CDC recommendations.
“Catalyst is carefully and consciously meeting a critical need in the United States. The products sourced and developed by Catalyst were strategically selected, and the process by which they were sourced or manufactured meets all requirements set forth by U.S. regulatory bodies in order to ensure a clear, safe path to market,” said Dr. Aaliyah Eaves, Regulatory Advisor.
Catalyst’s PPE for Healthcare product line will also help address the nationwide shortage of medical PPE in the United States, including lack of high-quality filtering facepiece respirators, and essential PPE that reduces risk to healthcare providers directly exposed to SARS-CoV-2 when performing high-risk medical procedures.
Catalyst’s new line of essential products directly fills this need with the Catalyst Disposable Non NIOSH-Approved KN95 Filtering Facepiece Respirator. The Catalyst Face Shield, when used in conjunction with additional and appropriate PPE, is designed to assist protecting and reducing exposure from airborne transmission of droplets in a medical setting.
COVID exposure spreads via droplets that travel through the air and land on another person via talking, sneezing, coughing or raised voices. According to the CDC, approximately 40% of Coronavirus infections are asymptomatic, making isolation precautions for employees with symptoms not enough to prevent spread. The remaining 60% who are symptomatic may not exhibit symptoms for 2-3 days, depending on their viral load (pre-). (Note 1) The CDC recommends social distancing, but it’s not always possible stay at least 6ft away for some business operations.
Catalyst’s PPE for Business includes:
- Catalyst Face Mask – for source control to prevent infecting others, especially for asymptomatic / presymptomatic individuals, to help reduce the spread of coronavirus from an individual who may be infected without showing symptoms. If the individual has symptoms, they should self-isolate as a best practice, however if they do need to interact with anyone within 6ft, they should wear a mask.
- Catalyst Face Mask Comfort Extender – helps employees wear masks for long periods of time without discomfort.
- Catalyst Face Mask Holder – used to avoid contamination and when temporarily removing masks for food or coffee breaks.
- Catalyst Social Distancing Barrier – transparent divider designed to serve as a layer of protection between the employee and the customer and other customers in the store too, preventing exposure to body fluids or droplets for area where interactions of less than 6ft occur.
- Catalyst Floor Decals – indicating where to stand in 6ft intervals for use in line-ups or high traffic area where people cluster to encourage responsible social distancing.
In addition to the product line, Catalyst is going to provide a resource for business owners to evaluate risks through a COVID-19 Essential Business Risk Survey. Customers can answer some specific questions about their business to receive a recommended list of products and their quantities, plus free suggestions for prevention, detection and tracking.
The CDC has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing advice for individuals and businesses on how to prevent infection. (Note 2) As part of that response, the CDC has recommended that people clean and disinfect their electronic devices, such as touch screens and tablets and the very first recommendation the CDC provides as a part of that guidance is to consider putting a wipeable cover on electronics. (Note 3)
Catalyst® Waterproof Cases provide the ideal solution for individuals and businesses who face possible exposure to follow the CDC’s guidance to routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces including your electronic devices.
Catalyst’s traditional products provide solutions that address the need to maintain a clean and safe personal environment. These washable and protective Catalyst Waterproof Cases for iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watch can be found at www.catalystcase.com.
Catalyst® is proud to support the CDC Foundation. For every purchase of select Catalyst® Waterproof Cases (including iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, Apple Watch Series 4/5 44mm, Apple Watch Series 6 40mm/44mm, iPad Mini 5, iPad 10.2”, AirPods Pro) in the USA from Oct 21, 2020 until Dec 31, 2021, Catalyst® will donate $1 to the CDC Foundation.
This donation is yet another way that Catalyst® is giving back and doing our part to assist during the COVID-19 pandemic. All donations made to the CDC Foundation’s Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund go to fighting the coronavirus pandemic, including: funding medical supplies, increasing lab capacity, deploying emergency staffing to U.S. public health communication needs, boosting clinical research to improve health outcomes, building capacity and infrastructure for global response efforts, and much more.