Infection Preparedness and Response to Potential MERS-CoV, Ebola and SARS-CoV Outbreaks in Health Care Facilities
Air Purification Systems for Isolating Patients in CDC-Compliant, Negative Pressure Airborne Infectious Isolation Rooms (AIIR)
The potential threat of hospital-associated outbreaks of MERS, SARS and Ebola viruses has heightened the need to isolate known or suspected patients. Abatement Technologies® offers an array of engineered containment modules and HEPA filtration and ventilation control products to help protect hospital healthcare workers against the spread of disease and maintain protocols.
Our healthcare safety product experts can provide infection control measures for converting virtually any space into a CDC-compliant, negative pressure environment for treating patients with MERS, SARS, Ebola or any other infectious airborne virus. Abatement Technologies has led the way for more than 25 years with innovative, effective and economical infection control solutions selected by more than 4,000 hospitals and other medical facilities around the world.
HEPA-CARE® HEPA Filtration Systems – Setting the Standard for Reliable and Economical Airborne Infection Control Solutions for More Than 25 Years
HEPA-CARE Systems can help facilities protect patients and staff from the transmission of infectious airborne agents three ways. First, they capture droplet nuclei and other airborne pathogens in a certified, 99.99% efficiency Type A HEPA filter. Second, they can be used to create negative or positive pressure (relative to surrounding space), to prevent pathogen migration from “dirty” areas into “clean” areas of the facility. Third, they exhaust HEPA clean air out of the patient room, preferably directly to the outdoors.
Both portable and ceiling-mounted (fixed) HEPA-CARE models provide transmission-based precautions to reduce the spread of airborne pathogens. Portable models, which can be quietly rolled to wherever they are needed within the facility, provide the ultimate in flexibility. Ceiling-mounted models require no floor space and are completely out of the way of patients and staff.
Other Abatement Technologies products for effective in-room patient isolation include:
- HEPA-CARE Germicidal UV (UVGI) Modules - For added protection against airborne pathogens
- Wall-Mounted and Portable Differential Pressure Monitors - To ensure that proper room pressure relationships are maintained
- ANTE UP® & AIRE GUARDIAN® Anteroom Transition Modules - To provide buffer space between the “dirty” patient room and adjacent clean spaces
- ISOQUAD® IQ200 Patient Bed Isolation Module - For isolating an individual patient on a hospital bed or gurney
- Additional Airborne Particle Control Products - To capture and control potentially harmful airborne particles and particles that settle onto floors and other surfaces
Negative Pressure Isolation Containment in AIIR
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends negative pressure containment in airborne infection isolation rooms for patients with known or suspected infectious diseases that spread via airborne droplet nuclei such as:
Other patient treatment areas that can benefit from in-room negative pressure isolation with HEPA-CARE systems include:
- Bronchoscopy Suites
- Endotracheal Intubation and Extubation
- Open Suctioning of Airways
- Invasive Vascular Procedures
- ER Triage & Treatment Rooms
- Waiting Areas
While acute care facilities are especially likely to encounter infectious patients, other potential at-risk healthcare facilities can benefit greatly from HEPA air purification and negative pressure containment and/or HEPA air cleaning and recirculation. These include:
- Outpatient Surgical Centers
- Urgent Care Centers
- Outpatient Dialysis Centers
- Physicians’ Offices
- Skilled Nursing Facilities
- Long-Term Care Facilities
- Rehabilitation Centers
- School Clinics
Click to see the entire line of Portable and Ceiling Mounted In-Room HEPA Filtration Systems for creating Airborne Infectious Isolation Rooms. Click to view animations of HEPA-CARE units using a range of negative or positive pressure modes of operation. Learn more about the advantages of negative pressure ‘inflow’ systems for infectious patient isolation.
Positive Pressure Protective Environments (PE)
The CDC recommends positive pressure PE for isolating and protecting highly-sensitive patients with immunologic disorders from exposure to health-threatening airborne particles that may contain bacterial and fungal spores and aspergillus. PE for highly sensitive patients includes:
- Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant (HSCT)
- Immunologic Disorders (HIV)
- Immunosuppressive Therapy
- Chronic Diseases (Diabetes, Cancer, Emphysema)
Potential applications where Abatement Technologies HEPA-CARE air purification systems can be used effectively to capture airborne pathogens and create positive pressure environments include surgical suites, ICU, burn units, bone marrow transplant, laboratories and pharmaceutical labs.
Click to see the entire line of Portable and Ceiling Mounted In-Room HEPA Filtration Systems for creating positive pressure Protective Environments. Click to view animations of HEPA-CARE units using a range of negative or positive pressure modes of operation.
Abatement Technologies Products for Healthcare Facility Construction & Renovation Zones
Construction, renovation and repair activities can disturb contaminants and release them into the air, including dust particles containing fungal spores such as aspergillus and bacterial spores. Once aerosolized, these pathogens can cause harmful infections in patients with weakened immune systems.
Abatement Technologies offers a comprehensive line of Particle Containment Products for Construction & Renovation Zones designed to isolate and capture fungal spores and other potentially harmful airborne contaminants. Products include:
Speak with a Patient Isolation Specialist
Abatement Technologies' experienced and knowledgeable sales consultants, customer service and technical support staff are ready to assist with product recommendations to help keep your facility prepared and in compliance. Call Abatement Technologies at 800-634-9091 (U.S.) or 800-827-6443 (Canada) to speak with a Patient Room Isolation Specialist.