Healthcare facilities are places where patients come to feel better; they entrust their health and safety to medical professionals. For this reason, it is essential to maintain a clean and sanitary environment in healthcare facilities to reduce the risk of infection. The importance of cleaning surfaces and equipment is well known, but the role of airborne transmission in spreading infection is often overlooked.
With the recent COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a growing concern for airborne transmission of pathogens in healthcare facilities. It has been noted that airborne transmission may be underestimated, which creates a need for more emphasis on controlling airborne pathogens in healthcare facilities. This blog post discusses the importance of airborne infection control in healthcare facilities and how building maintenance managers and medical professionals can work together to implement it.
Studies have shown that airborne transmission accounts for 10% to 25% of Hospital-Acquired Infections (HAI). However, the role of airborne transmission may be underestimated due to the difficulties associated with culturing many airborne organisms and assessing their role in contaminating environmental surfaces. Nonetheless, landmark studies and many others have indicated a strong connection between contamination in the air during surgeries and Surgical Site Infection (SSI) rates. Therefore, controlling airborne pathogens in healthcare facilities is essential to preventing HAI.
COVID-19 spreads so quickly because it is highly infectious and can be transmitted through the air. COVID-19 and other contaminants can remain suspended in the air for hours, making proper air filtration and ventilation essential. Arming healthcare facilities with air disinfection methods like UV-C light air sterilizers, medicated filters, and negative pressure rooms can help reduce the spread of airborne infections. Best practices for airborne infection control in healthcare facilities include proper ventilation and air filtration, creating negative-pressure environments, and ensuring that patients with infectious diseases are isolated. Implementing measures to control dust and airborne particles is also crucial, as these can be vehicles for harmful microorganisms. Healthcare facilities should also train staff on proper hand hygiene, wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), and conduct regular audits to ensure proper practice.
As the world deals with the ongoing threats of future outbreaks: RSV, SARS-CoV-2, Ebola, Zika, Nipah, Mers-CoV, and SARS, medical professionals and building maintenance managers are entrusting the S-400®, from Sterilumen for certified air disinfection.
The S-400® is hospital-proven and has a real-world track record of keeping people safe.
Scientific AirTM S-400 Air Sanitizer
A medical-grade air sanitizer system, Scientific Air™ by Sterilumen uses a proprietary 3-stage UV light and HEPA air filter technology to effectively eliminate airborne viruses, including COVID-19, bacteria, mold, and other pathogens. This air sanitizer is perfect for medical areas.
The powerful, portable UV light design thoroughly eliminates airborne pathogens and purifies air in minutes.
The S-400® is a patented UV-C technology that has been proven to eliminate up to 99.9995% of viruses, bacteria, mold, and even odor and particulates in under 30 minutes. Its hospital-proven efficacy and ease of use make it a game-changer for building maintenance managers and medical professionals alike.
Its patented UV-C no-ozone laboratory-verified technology sets the S-400® apart from other disinfection technologies. This technology has been rigorously tested in EPA guideline bio-aerosol chambers to mitigate viruses and bacteria, eliminate particulates, and remove mold and odor. The S-400® uses large volumes of fast-moving air to disinfect its surroundings, making it an ideal solution for operating rooms, intensive care units, patient recovery rooms, compounding pharmacies, labs, morgues, food services, waiting areas, and any other area where patient and staff safety requires managed air.
The S-400® is not just any ordinary air purifier; it delivers the highest air disinfection levels in cubic feet per minute for its size. With three times the standard concentration of UV-C light for disinfection, HEPA filtration, and five-micron miles of specially formulated carbon, it quickly removes pathogens, particulates, odors, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The 400 CFM of air it can disinfect in under 30 minutes is unmatched by any other available air purifier.
Moreover, nationally recognized hospitals such as NYU Medical Center, the University of Rochester, and Federal VA Hospitals have already used and proven the effectiveness of the S-400® in their facilities. The device has also been laboratory-tested in EPA guideline bio-aerosol chambers to back up the claims of its manufacturers and the real-world results.