Essex Industries is displaying and explaining the uses of its protective breathing equipment (PBE) at Booth No. 4314. The PBE offers eye, head and respiratory protection during emergency conditions in an aircraft at cabin altitudes, both by providing wearers with 60 minutes of protection and also delivering 15 minutes of aviator’s grade oxygen.
Dr. Forrest Bird received the 2012 Lindbergh Foundation annual award March 29. The award is presented to “an individual whose life’s work demonstrates a balance among technology, the environment and the quality of all life on earth.” Bird, who at age 91 remains an active pilot, invented the medical respirator in 1955 and went on to create more than 40 breathing-related medical devices. In 1970 he created the Babybird pediatric medical respirator, a device credited with reducing infant mortality for children with respiratory problems from 70 percent to 10 percent.
As the global marketplace continues to reduce the size of the world, we not only embrace the languages, cuisine and customs of other cultures; we find ourselves in turn embraced by a growing array of deadly airborne pathogens. The most recent was SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), which some health officials believe will reappear this winter.