The AquaFlex® Open-Cell foam technology has been adapted for use as a high surface area, disinfectant-infused foam Sponge and mitt to help mitigate the risk of human infection from COVID-19 and other pathogens from surfaces.
For more information visit US BioSolutions Direct.
The concept of infusing the AquaFlex Sponge to mitigate or neutralize exposure to dangerous chemicals and pathogens is not new.
In 2002, the FDA initially cleared a device consisting of a lotion-impregnated AquaFlex® Sponge. The AquaFlex® Sponge serves as the backbone for this Class II medical device that removes or neutralizes chemical warfare agents and T-2 toxin from the skin. Decontamination occurs by physical removal of the chemical warfare agent from the skin or by chemical neutralization. The lotion-impregnated Sponge removes toxins from the skin to allow for neutralization to occur within the Sponge.
In 2003, the FDA stated in a press release:
“The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared for use by the U.S. military a liquid decontamination lotion intended to remove or neutralize chemical warfare agents and T-2 fungal toxin from the skin.
The lotion, called Reactive Skin Decontamination Lotion (RSDL), must be applied to exposed skin as soon as possible after exposure to a chemical agent.
The lotion is impregnated in a Sponge pad packaged as a single unit in a heat-sealed foil pouch. When exposed to chemical warfare agents, the user wipes the exposed skin with the lotion. The lotion removes the agents or the T-2 toxin and also reacts with the chemical agents, rapidly neutralizing them so they are non-toxic.”
The lotion impregnated AquaFlex Sponge, as used by our U.S. Military, is also now available to the general public on Amazon here:
As posted by International Safety on YouTube, this link demonstrates how the lotion impregnated AquaFlex foam technology is utilized by the US Military:
Additionally, EPE posted on YouTube a more detailed demonstration and background for this application using the lotion impregnated AquaFlex foam technology here:
Read technical information as prepared and approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, detailing how this technology works.