Geneva, Ill. (May 20, 2020) – Cura Surgical, an Argentum Medical Company, announced today the availability of the Silverlon™ Face Mask for use by the general population and healthcare providers in lower risk clinical settings as a source control mask to cover their noses and mouths in accordance with CDC recommendations, to help prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The need for personal protection has gone far beyond doctors and nurses, and now includes all healthcare workers, as well as police, first responders, the military, and government workers. In fact, anywhere social distancing is impractical, protection is necessary.
The Silverlon™ Face Mask is made from Silverlon™, a material that has been used for over two decades in FDA cleared wound dressings for treating burns and other serious skin injuries. “Silverlon™ is battle-tested. The technology was born out of the U.S. military originally for burn and blast injuries and has been used around the world for years as an antimicrobial dressing for burns, wounds and surgery” states Raul Brizuela, President & CEO of Argentum Medical. “We are proud to have shifted our internal capabilities to provide, for the first time ever, Silverlon® in a reusable face mask to help fulfill the growing demands for personal protection.”
Silverlon® uses the power of silver, which has been used as an antimicrobial for centuries, in a unique way to plate every fiber of the face mask with 99.99% pure silver. Silverlon™ products contain 50 to 100 times more metallic silver ions than other silver-impregnated dressings. The Silverlon™ Face Mask is also now being tested for its effect on COVID-19 virus by one of the nation’s leading laboratories.
The Argentum Medical Silverlon™ Face Mask has not been FDA cleared or approved. The face mask has been authorized by FDA under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) dated April 24, 2020 for use as a source control face mask by the general public and healthcare providers in healthcare settings to help prevent the spread of infection or illness during the COVID-19 pandemic. This face mask is authorized only for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of the emergency use of medical devices during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The masks are not intended as personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare providers in clinical settings where the infection risk level is high (e.g., high inhalation exposure or aerosol-generating procedures), do not provide liquid barrier protection, and are not substitutes for filtering face piece respirators or surgical face masks. While the Silverlon™ material has inherent antimicrobial properties, Argentum Medical makes no representation that the Face Mask offers antimicrobial or antiviral protection or infection reduction or prevention against the COVID-19 virus.
All Silverlon® products are manufactured and shipped in the United States.
For more information or to order a Silverlon™ Face mask directly, visit www.SilverlonFaceMask.com.