Healthcare facilities have a wide range of critical areas where the quality of air is paramount. The SteriSpace™ technology has been shown to effectively sterilize the air and destroy biological contaminants to provide next-level protection in a variety of medical settings.
Patient Isolation: Prevention with NEGAtive pressure
To prevent an infectious patient from spreading infection to others, they can be housed in negative pressure rooms. These rooms have a net airflow into the room (lower pressure inside the room than outside the room) and this prevents air from flowing out of the room through any gaps or leaks (i.e. under the door). The contaminated air is treated, and exhausted to the outside, satisfying the Center for Disease Control (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 infection spread.
Patient Isolation: Protection with POSItive pressure
To protect patients from infectious airborne biological pathogens, positive pressure is maintained within the room. These rooms have a net airflow that is always out of the room (higher pressure inside the room than outside the room). This prevents air from flowing back into the room through any gaps or leaks (i.e. under the door) and bringing in any potentially harmful pathogens with it. This pressure system is commonly used for surgery rooms and to house immune-compromised patients. The inlet air processed through the SteriSpace™ technology can destroy airborne biological pathogens present in the airflow before it enters the room.
AIRBORNE INFECTION ISOLATION ROOMS (AIIRS)
AIIRs are negative-pressure rooms essential for the containment of highly contagious diseases. They are designed to isolate a patient who is suspected of, or has been diagnosed with an infectious disease that can be transmitted through the air. 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.
The SteriSpace™ technology is ideal for the establishment of negative pressure AIIRs. The SteriSpace™ technology is superior to only using HEPA filtration since biological threats are destroyed, not just trapped. Biological pathogens smaller than 0.3 microns in size are killed at a rate greater than 99.9999% by the SteriSpace™ technology, compared to a filter trapping rate of 99.97% in HEPA-based filtration systems. Moreover, the technology is also scalable, allowing the system to fit varying room sizes.
Contact us for more information on infectious disease control and potential uses of the SteriSpace™ technology for negative pressure applications.
Neonatal intensive care units (NICUs)
Intensive care units (ICUs)
Hospital isolation rooms for infectious disease patients (Negative pressure application)