Click Above to Zoom
Mystaire's Isola VUE filtered workstations are ideal for protecting the forensic scientist during the analysis of fentanyl and other toxic powder substances. Isola VUE's design offers a ductless, turbulence-free, redundant HEPA filtration system that has constant face velocity and filter monitoring. The EverSafe™ III TOUCH Safety Controller provides added security and assurances that the workstation is performing in its intended manner.
The Isola VUE provides a negative pressure environment to effectively pull any particulate away from the operator and eliminate end user exposure.
The use of fentanyl as a street drug in the United States of America and Canada has been on the rise over the past few years. According to studies published in ScienceNews, Fentanyl-related deaths are rising sharply in the USA. From 2007 to 2012, the number of deaths hovered around 30 per year. By 2015, that number had grown to 340.
According to CBC news, in 2016, 914 people died from illegal drug overdoses in British Columbia and 40 percent of those deaths involved fentanyl; versus just 5 percent prior to 2015. In Alberta, 120 people died in 2015 after ingesting fentanyl, compared to only 6 in 2011. Ontario has also reported a rise in fentanyl-related deaths.
NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE POLICE FORENSIC LAB
With the increased prevalence of this dangerous drug and its synthetic counterpart "W-18", concerns have been raised by US and Canadian law enforcement professionals who are now coming into contact with the drug through seizures and forensic analysis. Fentanyl is deadly if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through the skin, so the importance of properly handling these deadly powders cannot be overlooked.
1. Laboratory room air enters into Isola
2. The contaminants are mixed with laboratory air
3. Contaminated air is filtered through either gas phase carbon filtration or mechanical filtration
4. Air is constantly monitored for filter breakthrough as well as temperature and humidity
5. Air passes through the safety filtration zone before returning to the laboratory