In addition to testing, Nelson Labs, LLC, located in Taylorsville, is one of a handful of laboratories authorized to certify masks and personal protective equipment.
According to company president, Jeffery R. Nelson, Nelson Labs tests virtually everything that can be found in the healthcare setting that could go in someone, on them, or around them to ensure it’s safe for healthcare providers and patients alike. The company helps ensure devices are biocompatible, clean or sterile, have safe packaging, and when needed, can be cleaned or reused. They also test face masks, respirators, and other protective equipment to make sure they function safely and adhere to industry standards.
Like BioFire, Nelson Labs’ high demand for personal protective equipment has been outpacing what could be manufactured in the short run, Nelson explains. And shortages of PPE have left hospitals and healthcare facilities with few options but to reuse equipment that was never intended to be reused.
Nelson Labs, along with its sister companies, Sterigenics, and Nordion, joined with industry leaders and government agencies to find ways for decontamination and sterilization of single-use PPE so it could be reused. As a result of the collaboration, Nelson Labs created a test plan that gives innovators trying to reprocess their PPE a way to validate their reprocessing solutions.
“This potentially allows many face masks, which were previously single-use, to be reprocessed and reused, increasing the total number of protective masks available to end-users,” Nelson says.
Kelvyn Cullimore, CEO of BioUtah also mentions that Utah companies like Sports Medicine Research and Testing Lab performs COVID testing for professional sports programs, including the National Football League, and the Major League Baseball, and Professional Golf Associations.
“When we think about the many challenges around the world created by this pandemic, we are honored to be playing an important role in supporting our customers in this fight against the coronavirus with the ongoing validation of PPE and other critical healthcare supplies,” says Cullimore.