SteriSpace Systems https://sterispacesystems.com Advanced Air Sterilization System Mon, 21 Sep 2020 13:47:26 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://sterispacesystems.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/favicon.png SteriSpace Systems https://sterispacesystems.com 32 32 What is Our Pandemic Action Plan https://sterispacesystems.com/pandemic-action-plan/ Thu, 26 Mar 2020 21:27:50 +0000 https://sterispacesystems.com/?p=2044 Bacterial contamination is a common problem that fermentation facilities face. These facilities can include breweries, wineries, pharmaceutical companies, and dairy plants, and they all know that the effects of contamination are very real and very costly.

Bacterial contamination, or microbial contamination, is the “non-intended or accidental introduction of microbes such as bacteria, yeast, mold, fungi, virus, prions, protozoa or their toxins and by-products (1).”

For breweries and wineries, some of the microorganisms that cause spoilage of their product include Enterobacteriacea, Pectinatus, Megasphaera, Zymomonas, and Brettanomyces (2). Such contamination result in wasted batches and recalls.  Every year, there are dozens of pharmaceutical recalls due to microbial contamination (3). Recalls are a worst-case-scenario for these companies as they are costly, hurt the company’s image, and can be harmful to consumers’ health.

Fermentation companies combat this problem by sterilizing tanks and using detergent cleaners (4); but what if the air used in the aerobic fermentation process is not sterile? What if the continuous air supply being pumped into the tanks containing the batches are carrying bacteria and mold?  The previous “fix” has been compressed air systems that utilize membrane filtration (5).  However, compressed air systems come with downfalls — high start-up costs, frequent process shutdowns, intensive costs & labor to replace the membrane filters. Moreover, these filters cannot guarantee all pathogen filtration.

SteriSpace’s unique solution is to offer fermentation facilities a SteriSpace unit or units (depending on the flow volumes required) to replace air compressors. Our SteriSpace unit will disinfect incoming air as well as heat it (can be cooled if required) for the aerobic fermentation process.  No other system is offering this capability as other air compressors are just filtering the air, which is not as effective as SteriSpace’s proprietary process of reducing all airborne biological pathogens in the airstream by more than 99.9999%. SteriSpace is more effective and has less upkeep.

Contact us for more details on how SteriSpace can help enhance your fermentation facility.

References:

1 = http://www.imedpub.com/scholarly/microbial-contamination-journals-articles-ppts-list.php

2 =https://www.infowine.com/intranet/libretti/libretto7855-01-1.pdf

3= https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/drug-recalls

4 = https://www.chemengonline.com/large-scale-fermentation-systems-hygienic-design-principles/

5 =  https://www.biotechnologyforums.com/thread-2336.html

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Creating Clean Air for Industrial Fermentation https://sterispacesystems.com/creating-sterilized-air-for-industrial-fermentation/ Thu, 20 Feb 2020 14:30:31 +0000 https://sterispacesystems.com/?p=2013 Bacterial contamination is a common problem that fermentation facilities face. These facilities can include breweries, wineries, pharmaceutical companies, and dairy plants, and they all know that the effects of contamination are very real and very costly.

Bacterial contamination, or microbial contamination, is the “non-intended or accidental introduction of microbes such as bacteria, yeast, mold, fungi, virus, prions, protozoa or their toxins and by-products (1).”

For breweries and wineries, some of the microorganisms that cause spoilage of their product include Enterobacteriacea, Pectinatus, Megasphaera, Zymomonas, and Brettanomyces (2). Such contamination result in wasted batches and recalls.  Every year, there are dozens of pharmaceutical recalls due to microbial contamination (3). Recalls are a worst-case-scenario for these companies as they are costly, hurt the company’s image, and can be harmful to consumers’ health.

Fermentation companies combat this problem by sterilizing tanks and using detergent cleaners (4); but what if the air used in the aerobic fermentation process is not clean? What if the continuous air supply being pumped into the tanks containing the batches are carrying bacteria and mold?  The previous “fix” has been compressed air systems that utilize membrane filtration (5).  However, compressed air systems come with downfalls — high start-up costs, frequent process shutdowns, intensive costs & labor to replace the membrane filters. Moreover, these filters cannot guarantee all pathogen filtration.

SteriSpace’s unique solution is to offer fermentation facilities a SteriSpace unit or units (depending on the flow volumes required) to replace air compressors. Our SteriSpace unit will disinfect incoming air as well as heat it (can be cooled if required) for the aerobic fermentation process.  No other system is offering this capability as other air compressors are just filtering the air, which is not as effective as SteriSpace’s proprietary process of actually reducing all airborne biological  contaminants in the airstream by 99.9999%. SteriSpace is more effective and has less upkeep.

Contact us for more details on how SteriSpace can help enhance your fermentation facility.

References:

1 = http://www.imedpub.com/scholarly/microbial-contamination-journals-articles-ppts-list.php

2 =https://www.infowine.com/intranet/libretti/libretto7855-01-1.pdf

3= https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/drug-recalls

4 = https://www.chemengonline.com/large-scale-fermentation-systems-hygienic-design-principles/

5 =  https://www.biotechnologyforums.com/thread-2336.html

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Containing Viruses in a Pandemic-Prone World https://sterispacesystems.com/containing-viruses-in-a-pandemic-prone-world/ Tue, 18 Feb 2020 19:30:42 +0000 https://sterispacesystems.com/?p=2006 Pandemic is defined as “a disease prevalent over the whole country or the world.”(1) This word tends to instill a feeling of panic, which it rightfully should. Pandemics which we’ve known throughout history include the Black Death (1346 – 1353) and HIV/AIDs (1976 – Present), which have killed a combined 111 – 236 million people in the matter of years.(2) With advances in technology having made the world even smaller, the reality of containing disease is becoming less and less feasible.

This brings us to Coronavirus, or COVID-19, as it was recently named by the World Health Organization. Coronovirus has already been among us in the form of SARs in 2002 and MERS in 2015. These viruses use animals as their hosts and eventually evolved to infect humans. The four most common human Coronaviruses — named 229E, NL63, OC43 and HKU1 — actually started with humans as their hosts and “have presumably evolved to maximize spread amongst the population rather than pathogenicity,” says Jan Carette, an associate professor of microbiology and immunology at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Meaning, the most common forms of Coronavirus may be opting to “maximize their spread rather than harm their human host.”(3) Why would that be?  The mind certainly does wonder…

COVID-19 has risen to over 65,000 cases and over 1,600 deaths in the matter of two months.(4) Each day we learn that the virus is spreading across the globe and death tolls continue to rise.  The World Health Organization tells us a vaccine will be ready in 18 months,(5)  so in the meantime it is vital that we stop the spread.

While this is all happening our climate continues to warm up. It has been hypothesized that climate change could lead to more insect-borne diseases(6), and new viruses may emerge as well.

This leads us to the question: how can we contain viruses in a pandemic-prone world?

Here at SteriSpace™ we do not know how to expedite vaccine development or stop travelers, but we do know how to kill viruses in the air we breathe. Clean air is our expertise. Our technology is one of the only technologies that can actually kill pathogens, rather than just filtering them. SteriSpace™ will be a game-changer in isolation shelters, hospitals, airplanes, and more to help limit the spread of airborne viruses. We are excited to bring our technology to the world. Contact us for more information.

References:

1 = Oxford Dictionary

2= https://www.mphonline.org/worst-pandemics-in-history/

3 = https://www.livescience.com/what-are-coronaviruses.html

4 = https://www.livescience.com/new-china-coronavirus-faq.html

5 = https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/02/china-coronavirus-outbreak-latest-updates-200211012218330.html

6 = https://www.nrdc.org/stories/climate-change-bites

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SteriSpace’s Technology & Military Shelter Test Results Are Displayed at Exposition in DC https://sterispacesystems.com/sterispaces-technology-military-shelter-test-results-are-displayed-at-exposition-in-dc/ Mon, 28 Oct 2019 18:53:58 +0000 https://sterispacesystems.com/?p=1931 Antibiotic-resistant hospital acquired infections (HAIs) as well as other airborne infections are on the rise, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and The World Health Organization (WHO). Many infections, such as chickenpox, influenza, measles, smallpox, SARS, tuberculosis etc. can be transmitted quickly through the air. Evidence for the airborne transmission of disease is also on the rise5. Data exists to support the airborne nosocomial transmissions of Acinetobacter, Pseudomonas, and MRSA6, 7, 8. Airborne infectious diseases can spread rapidly and pervasively through a non-immune population1. Infectious patients who are not isolated from the population can disperse these infectious airborne microorganisms in a wide geographical area through the air, which is inhaled by susceptible individuals who have had no direct contact with the primary source. This airborne spread becomes even more prevalent in healthcare settings because of overburdened hospitals and the presence of immunosuppressed patients.

Airborne infection isolation rooms, or AIIRs for short, are essential for the containment of highly contagious diseases2. Many publications emphasize the need for AIIRs due to large numbers of patients becoming ill in a short period of time. Hospitals have insufficient facilities to provide airborne infection isolation for large numbers of patients with airborne infectious diseases presenting quickly within a short period3,4. Without adequate environmental controls, these patients will pose a risk to other patients and healthcare workers.

SteriSpace™ is an innovative air disinfection technology which can be deployed in various healthcare situations, providing clean air in a variety of medical settings. Negative Pressure can be maintained to prevent contamination of the environment from the air in a room where an infected patient is housed. Patients with a suspected infection of a highly contagious infectious disease (i.e. MDR-TB and XDR-TB, SARS, Ebola, measles, etc.) can be placed in isolation or be quarantined in a room where negative pressure is maintained. The airflow leaving the space is exhausted through the SteriSpace™ unit, which destroys the bacteria or virus (>99.9999% as demonstrated in independent testing), preventing it from being released into the surrounding space or environment. When used in this manner, the SteriSpace™ solution satisfies the CDC Infection Control guidelines for infection isolation. This fully scalable and customizable design can minimize contamination and address the air quality challenges faced by healthcare facilities.

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London’s Polluted Air Can Cause Serious Health Effects https://sterispacesystems.com/londons-polluted-air-can-cause-serious-health-effects/ Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:28:33 +0000 https://sterispacesystems.com/?p=1869 Antibiotic-resistant hospital acquired infections (HAIs) as well as other airborne infections are on the rise, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and The World Health Organization (WHO). Many infections, such as chickenpox, influenza, measles, smallpox, SARS, tuberculosis etc. can be transmitted quickly through the air. Evidence for the airborne transmission of disease is also on the rise5. Data exists to support the airborne nosocomial transmissions of Acinetobacter, Pseudomonas, and MRSA6, 7, 8. Airborne infectious diseases can spread rapidly and pervasively through a non-immune population1. Infectious patients who are not isolated from the population can disperse these infectious airborne microorganisms in a wide geographical area through the air, which is inhaled by susceptible individuals who have had no direct contact with the primary source. This airborne spread becomes even more prevalent in healthcare settings because of overburdened hospitals and the presence of immunosuppressed patients.

Airborne infection isolation rooms, or AIIRs for short, are essential for the containment of highly contagious diseases2. Many publications emphasize the need for AIIRs due to large numbers of patients becoming ill in a short period of time. Hospitals have insufficient facilities to provide airborne infection isolation for large numbers of patients with airborne infectious diseases presenting quickly within a short period3,4. Without adequate environmental controls, these patients will pose a risk to other patients and healthcare workers.

SteriSpace™ is an innovative air disinfection technology which can be deployed in various healthcare situations, providing clean air in a variety of medical settings. Negative Pressure can be maintained to prevent contamination of the environment from the air in a room where an infected patient is housed. Patients with a suspected infection of a highly contagious infectious disease can be placed in isolation or be quarantined in a room where negative pressure is maintained. The airflow leaving the space is exhausted through the SteriSpace™ unit, which reduces the bacteria or virus concentrations (>99.9999% as demonstrated in independent testing), preventing it from being released into the surrounding space or environment. When used in this manner, the SteriSpace™ solution satisfies the CDC Infection Control guidelines for infection isolation. This fully scalable and customizable design can minimize contamination and address the air quality challenges faced by healthcare facilities.

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Solutions for Containing Quickly Spreading Airborne Diseases https://sterispacesystems.com/solutions-for-containing-quickly-spreading-airborne-diseases/ Wed, 13 Mar 2019 18:35:27 +0000 https://sterispacesystems.com/?p=1758 Antibiotic-resistant hospital acquired infections (HAIs) as well as other airborne infections are on the rise, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and The World Health Organization (WHO). Many infections, such as chickenpox, influenza, measles, smallpox, SARS, tuberculosis etc. can be transmitted quickly through the air. Evidence for the airborne transmission of disease is also on the rise5. Data exists to support the airborne nosocomial transmissions of Acinetobacter, Pseudomonas, and MRSA6, 7, 8. Airborne infectious diseases can spread rapidly and pervasively through a non-immune population1. Infectious patients who are not isolated from the population can disperse these infectious airborne microorganisms in a wide geographical area through the air, which is inhaled by susceptible individuals who have had no direct contact with the primary source. This airborne spread becomes even more prevalent in healthcare settings because of overburdened hospitals and the presence of immunosuppressed patients.

Airborne infection isolation rooms, or AIIRs for short, are essential for the containment of highly contagious diseases2. Many publications emphasize the need for AIIRs due to large numbers of patients becoming ill in a short period of time. Hospitals have insufficient facilities to provide airborne infection isolation for large numbers of patients with airborne infectious diseases presenting quickly within a short period3,4. Without adequate environmental controls, these patients will pose a risk to other patients and healthcare workers.

SteriSpace™ is an innovative air disinfection technology which can be deployed in various healthcare situations, providing clean air in a variety of medical settings. Negative Pressure can be maintained to prevent contamination of the environment from the air in a room where an infected patient is housed. Patients with a suspected infection of a highly contagious infectious disease can be placed in isolation or be quarantined in a room where negative pressure is maintained. The airflow leaving the space is exhausted through the SteriSpace™ unit, which reduces the bacteria or virus concentration (>99.9999% as demonstrated in independent testing), preventing it from being released into the surrounding space or environment. When used in this manner, the SteriSpace™ solution satisfies the CDC Infection Control guidelines for infection isolation. This fully scalable and customizable design can minimize contamination and address the air quality challenges faced by healthcare facilities.

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