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.