Unfortunately, the topic of Hospital Acquired Infections is no trick. This topic is very much real and is becoming a serious problem for the healthcare community. Luckily, our newest manufacturer, SecureAire has an interesting approach to combat this growing problem. Treat yourself to a couple minutes of learning as you read today’s blog post…
Market Focus: Healthcare
Today’s healthcare market is facing ever-increasing scrutiny with respect to controlling the incidence of Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs). Reducing HAIs has become of primary concern since the passage a couple years ago of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2013 (signed by President Obama on March 23, 2013). Among other things, the law requires that hospitals address the spread of healthcare-associated infections, and beginning in 2015, hospitals with the highest rates of HAIs lost a percentage of their Medicare reimbursements. The US Department of Health and Human Services is also contemplating the regulation of home health agencies, ambulatory surgical centers, and skilled nursing facilities.
It is becoming critical that healthcare facilities find immediate solutions to containing the spread of preventable healthcare-associated infections. The standard of care can and must be raised using new and existing technologies to reduce the number of HAIs.
SecureAire is at the forefront of the effort to reduce HAIs in healthcare facilities. With particle control technologies developed originally for semiconductor cleanrooms, SecureAire’s technology is ideal for these new healthcare industry standards. Their healthcare-market focused products, the AQM-100, and the ACS System provide the technology hospitals need to both measure air quality and to eliminate airborne pathogens. The AQM-100 continuously monitors the amount of airborne contamination in a specific space, and the ACS System reduces contamination and has the ability to INACTIVATE or kill airborne pathogens.
How SecureAire’s Technology Works
SecureAire’s Technical approach is based upon a proprietary combination of Particle Conditioning and Particle Collision Control better known as Particle Accelerated Collision Technology (PACT). PACT is the only Technology available in today’s’ marketplace which makes airflow the dominant transport mechanism for small particulates, such as bacteria, viruses, allergens, TVOC, gases, and odors. SecureAire’s unique system is applied to improve indoor air quality in a building or home, reducing or eliminating harmful particulates which can either cause sick building syndrome or worse, the spread of dangerous airborne pathogens. SecureAire is the only device that simultaneously increases the overall filtration efficiency (the capture rate of particulates/pathogens in the air) and has the potential to kill or inactivate these same dangerous organisms.
The company latest technology development is called Particle Guide Technology (PGT), which addresses the costly issue of static pressure, associated with today’s mechanical filtration systems.
SecureAire’s technology will prove to be an industry leader in the years to come as it has the ability to be applied to a wide variety of applications previously bound by the application of standard mechanical filtration, ion generation, and other electrically enhanced technologies. Take a look at the below video illustrating how SecureAire’s technology works.
SecureAire’s Features and Benefits to Healthcare
Particle Control Technology
Only SecureAire has particle control technology that is non-selective and has been proven to treat all indoor and outside air contaminants. Third-party testing proves that, without needing additional equipment, SecureAire technology reduces viruses, bacteria, TVOCs, dissolved gasses, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, odors, smoke particles, diesel fumes and jet fumes.
High-efficiency filtration and energy savings
SecureAire’s ACS System has a MERV 15 efficiency rating with an extremely low static pressure drop as compared to standard mechanical filters with the same filtration rating. This decreases energy consumption by putting less stress on the fan. The ACS System provides initial pressure drops comparable to standard MERV 8 filters, creating a “no energy penalty” for this high of level of filtration. This reduces the kWH/square foot value for the facility.
Low Static Pressure = Fan Energy Savings
0.28″ water gauge, an initial clean differential pressure at 492 feet per minute of airflow.
SecureAire’s exclusive INACTIVE Technology has the ability to eliminate airborne at rates of up to 99% effectiveness, according to the most recent study conducted by the University of Colorado College of Engineering and Applied Science.
Additionally, the ACS System’s INACTIVE Technology feature helps to destroy mold long before it can reach cooling coils. This reduces the frequency of cooling coil maintenance, lowering operational costs, downtime and the use of chemicals. Cleaner coils result in an even lower pressure drop, further reducing fan energy consumption.
SecureAire’s ACS System has an airway length of 11.5″, providing space savings for new installation and easy retrofit as the system mounts into a standard 2″ U-channel.
Ability to Measure Performance
In order to measure and validate the performance of filter technologies in today’s market, SecureAire developed its own Air Quality Monitor, the AQM-100, which can instantaneously measure the quality of your indoor air regardless of the air purification technology platform being deployed.
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