We have come to rely on air purifiers to provide us with a clean and safe breathing atmosphere—at home, at work, in manufacturing. But if there is one place that needs a hazard-free atmosphere, it is the medical facility.
Why do you need an air purifier in the first place?
There are multiple factors that affect the air that we breathe. While the building itself can be a contributor to poor air quality—in terms of construction materials, outside pollution and other factors, the specific attributes of a health clinic or a physician’s waiting room (such as potentially sick people congregating within a small environment) further increase the hazards an air purifier is required to mitigate.
Thousands of doctors and health professionals trust air purifiers to provide them with a healthy atmosphere. Air sanitation is an important feature for a medical office. Let’s take a look at the ideal location for your air purifier and what Filtr Revolution can do for you, your staff and your patients.
The examination room is an area of your medical facility with the most specific needs—most of the procedures will be conducted there, increasing the risk for both the patient and the doctor. The exam room has to be properly ventilated to protect you and your patients from any airborne hazards. And while masks and personal hygiene can offer a level of protection in other areas, the exam room is the one place where the patients are less likely to wear a mask, thus presenting a potential airborne threat in a further confirmed area.
Another factor, specific to the health care setting of the exam room, is the large number of irritant and carcinogenic agents, such as cleaning and disinfecting products, latex, indoor air pollution, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), bio-aerosols, ammonia-containing or chlorine-containing products, chemicals used for cleaning instruments or building surfaces and the use of aerosolized medicine.
An air purifier that is cleanroom-grade, such as Filtr Revolution, can provide the necessary second line of defense. With a HEPA filtration media, carbon filters, and a bipolar ionization unit, Filtr revolution offers a comprehensive solution that will mitigate VOCs and bio-hazard agents in your exam room, as well as surface sanitize over time, and provide a safe and healthy breathing atmosphere.
Waiting room in physician’s office
The waiting room is another part of your facility that needs the enhanced protection of a high-quality air purifier. It is the area where your patients will stay the longest, travel through, and will come into the most contact with fellow patients. While distancing or other protection measures like masks and hand sanitation can be partially effective, on their own they are not enough to protect you and your patients. Despite their best efforts to reduce hazards, health-specific procedures, such as certain treatments, medications and cleaning agents expose patients to the unsafe atmosphere of the medical facility. Also, a visitor to a health clinic likely has an acute probability to be immunosuppressed more so than the general population, and thus can be more susceptible to airborne hazards.
The risks are not limited to the patients alone. A health clinic has a large staff, exposed to all the hazards of a badly filtered atmosphere. The dangers are even more pronounced, when we realize that a health clinic’s staff is exposed for much longer periods of time than the patients, and in particular exposed to all of the patients and their varied ailments throughout the day.
According to numerous studies, healthcare workers are at an elevated risk for work-related asthma (WRA), which includes occupational asthma and work-exacerbated asthma. Long-term exposure to VOCs such as ethanol, acetone, 2-propanol, methylene chloride, hexane, chloroform, benzene, methyl methacrylate, toluene, ethylbenzene, m, p-xylene, o-xylene, are associated with high occurrences of WRA. These chemicals may arise from use of cleaning and disinfecting products as well as from chemicals used in laboratories and medical procedures.
Viruses such as Covid-19 range in size from 0.08 to 0.12 microns. Filtr Revolution air purifier filters nanoparticles down to 0.023 microns and has a total 99.995% efficiency, making it the right solution for the protection of you and your staff.
Another area that is often neglected in terms of air purification, is the reception area, especially if separate from the waiting rooms. The reception area might be considered innocuous, since it’s an area where no medical procedures take place (hence less VOCs) and where both patients and the staff won’t spend long intervals of time. However, according to a recent study, which used the reception area of a medical facility in place of a control group, it turned out that it is as heavily contaminated as the rest of the facility, in terms of VOCs, bio-hazards and other air pollutants.
Physician’s office and highly infectious diseases.
Last, but not least, let’s take a look at the medical office in times of epidemics of highly infectious diseases.
Each year, seasonal flu epidemics affect thousands of people. The CDC has standardized numerous steps to ensure the environmental infection control of health-related facilities. These steps include the use of portable, industrial-grade HEPA filter units capable of filtration rates in the range of 300–800 cubic feet per minute, in order to effectively facilitate removal of respirable and inert dust particles as needed.
Another factor to consider is the amount of air changes per hour (ACH—Air Changes per Hour, or the rate at which air within a space is completely recirculated). This is an important consideration concerning indoor air quality. With inadequate natural or mechanical ventilation, the ACH is low relative to the indoor volume that requires service. Much of this has to do with these systems often designed-in for climate control, and with the level of air filtration that was needed at the time. Clearly we can see that construction budget is not always factor what is best for the building and its occupants, little forethought and future-proofing was considered for the needs of a COVID-esque situation, and with that fails to eliminate new health and comfort concerns.
EPA suggests the use of bi-polar ionizers in order to “to help remove viruses, including SARS-2-CoV, the virus that causes COVID-19, from the air, or to facilitate surface disinfection within a treated area.” Filtr Revolution air purifier mitigates both airborne and surface particles and produces no harmful ozone. As a result, with the Filtr air purifier, you will enjoy both the protection of the HEPA filter to capture and remove airborne issues, and the advanced technology of the bi-polar ionizer for airborne particle eradication and surface sanitization that compliments your current cleaning protocols.
When installing a Filtr air purifier, you can be certain that your office will get the utmost protection, according to federal and state standards.
Filtr Revolution’s aim is to provide users with safer, healthier spaces. Simply put, clean air means health and well-being. Engineered to the specifications of some of the cleanest environments in the world, and with a little bit of math to determine how much space you need to cover, Filtr Revolution offers the airborne and surface protection that is necessary to keep our medical personnel and their patients as healthy as possible.