I-SAFER™ for Healthcare
Healthcare facilities have a wide range of critical areas where the quality of air is paramount. The SteriSpace™ system is the most efficient way to sterilize the air, by removing most biological contaminants at greater than 99.9999% kill effectiveness. There is no other system with this level of efficacy against biological and chemical contaminants. The I-SAFER™ System by SteriSpace™ can provide next-level protection in a variety of medical settings.
Prevention: Negative pressure Capability
To prevent contamination leaking to the outside from an infectious patient inside, I-SAFER™ can maintain negative air pressure within the room or isolation shelter, creating a net airflow into the room and preventing air from flowing out. In this case, the contaminated air is treated, and exhausted to the outside, satisfying the CDC guidelines for infection control. This pressure system is commonly used for isolation or quarantine of highly contagious patients such as Tuberculosis or SARS carriers and helps to control outbreaks and epidemics.
Protection: Positive Pressure Capability
Protection is especially critical for patients in surgery, immune-compromised patients, or those with respiratory diseases. In this case, the patient within a room needs to be protected against biological infection or environmental pollution. I-SAFER™ can maintain positive pressure within the room, creating a net airflow that is always out of the room, thereby preventing contamination from the outside. The inlet air is processed through the I-SAFER™ system to destroy harmful allergens, spores, bacteria, viruses, and to remove environmental contaminants.
AIRBORNE INFECTION ISOLATION ROOMS (AIIRS)
AIIRs are negative-pressure rooms which are essential for the containment of highly contagious disease. They are designed to isolate a patient who are suspected of, or has been diagnosed with, an airborne infectious disease. The negative-pressure isolation room is designed to help prevent the spread of a disease from an infected patient to others in the hospital. Many publications emphasize the need for AIIRs in more hospitals. Negative Pressure AIIRs are crucial to mitigating the spread of highly contagious diseases from infected persons Without adequate environmental controls, these patients will pose a risk to other patients and health care workers.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines offer the most comprehensive infection control guidelines for healthcare facilities published to date. CDC recommendations for the design of AIIRs include exhausting contaminated air to create negative pressure within the room or space. For AIIR exhaust, the preferred practice is to directly exhaust the air to the outdoors.
SteriSpace™ units are ideal for the establishment of negative pressure AIIRs. SteriSpace™ is superior to HEPA filtration since biological threats are destroyed, not just trapped, providing a much more effective solution. SteriSpace™ can kill biological pathogens smaller than 0.3 microns in size at a rate greater than 99.9999%, compared to a filter trapping rate of 99.97% for HEPA-based filtration systems. Moreover, the technology is also scalable, allowing the system to fit varying room sizes.
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