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More About The ClearMaskTM
ClearMask LLC, a privately held American medical supply company, announced today that it received the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s 510(k) clearance on April 6, 2020, for its ClearMask™, a fully transparent surgical mask.
ClearMask™ is the world’s first FDA-cleared, fully transparent surgical mask that can be used in hospitals, clinics, schools, retail, hospitality, and other settings. The mask is optimized for maximum clarity and comfort, and meets applicable ASTM Level 3 requirements for fluid resistance and flammability, which offers a high level of protection for medical use in environments such as operating rooms.
In this disheartening time as the world fights against the COVID-19 pandemic, the ClearMask™ helps provide protection while bringing much-needed relief through a reassuring smile and familiar face among fear, confusion, and suffering. In addition to blocking particles or droplets with its fully transparent, anti-fog plastic barrier, the ClearMask™ helps improve visual communication, which may help avoid costly errors and adverse outcomes. Transparent communication during the customer experience can be critical in establishing rapport and earning trust, while assuring safety as a priority.
The company, consisting of Johns Hopkins University graduate students and alumni, started developing the transparent mask in 2017 after their deaf co-founder experienced an adverse experience during her surgery. Traditional surgical masks blocked her providers’ faces, impeding effective communication and safety.
“After three years of research, development, and testing, we are thrilled to bring a human-centered mask to everyone who needs it, especially those who can benefit from improved visual communication, such as children, older adults, deaf and hard of hearing people, and those who do not speak the same language. The ClearMask™ is well-positioned to join the fight against the current pandemic,” said Allysa Dittmar, President of ClearMask.
The ClearMask™ is the first product in ClearMask LLC’s growing portfolio of novel masks to receive FDA clearance as a Class II medical device. To fulfill the current and rising demand as the company ramps up production of the FDA-cleared mask, the company is currently offering a non-medical, consumer face mask that similarly helps to improve visual communication and provide protection at a lower price. The consumer masks have provided much relief to different communities in need, including state emergency management agencies and essential workers.
ClearMask, LLC is an American-based medical supply company that focuses on improving communication while making connections more human. Its products may help reduce errors and increase satisfaction by facilitating visual communication for all.