The recent Coronavirus outbreak has again demonstrated the
effectiveness of the use of air purification oxidation technology in medical
facilities around the world. Air purification and oxidisation is a major
contributor in speeding up patient recovery times and in preventing the spread
of viruses, bacteria, and other harmful indoor contaminants.
Although the technology was originally developed for health
facilities, a combination of demand from the public and from employees for
better indoor environments, research-driven technological advances, and more
efficient manufacturing processes has contributed to the adoption of air
purifiers by the commercial, education, and public sectors (including the
In this article, Airius describes:
On 1st December 2019, doctors detected the symptoms of a
brand new and potentially lethal virus in a person in the Chinese province of
Wuhan who had not been at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market. This was
significant because the forty people who had been recorded as experiencing the
same symptoms had links to the seafood market. The discovery of a person with
the same illness who did not share the common link was the first indication
that it was a communicable virus.
The virus then spread quickly in the Wuhan province and then
to other countries around the world because of the interconnected global
economy and travel networks.
On the 11th March 2020, the World Health Organisation declared the outbreak of the new virus, called either the Coronavirus or COVID-19, as a pandemic after the number of cases outside China increased by 1,200% over the period of the previous fortnight.
The Chinese government’s reaction to the outbreak of
COVID-19 was rapid. Within days, 14 temporary hospitals had been built by the
authorities to cope with the number of in-patients created by the virus. The
first hospital opened on February the 5th and treated 1,848 patients before its
closure on March 10th – just 34 days later.
More so than perhaps any other country, China has the
experience to deal with COVID-19 because of the previous outbreaks in the
country of SARS and swine flu.
The authorities appreciated the importance of clean and sanitised air in the treatment of the new outbreak – High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) air purifiers were installed in many local health facilities to aid patients’ respiration during treatment.
Doctors have long recognised the value of clean air in both
patients’ recovery time and for its effectiveness in preventing further
infection in their patients. The quality of indoor air has been directly linked
to health epidemics including outbreaks of SARS, MRSA, and Legionnaires’
Many bacteria and viruses live in the air and on surfaces
within health facilities. For every medical facility, there is a constant need
for them to decontaminate their indoor spaces to protect against noxious
contaminants like infectious diseases, residue of chemicals used in treatment,
the risks posed by hazardous materials, and micro-organisms which either
threaten the health of patients or staff or could be damaging to the
environment at large.
In addition to general decontamination procedures like
sterilisation, antisepsis application, disinfection, ultrasonic cleaning, water
purification, and regular cleaning, air purification reduces the risk of
airborne infection and the growth of mould (now recognised as being responsible
for many respiratory illnesses and a suspected cause of many cases of sudden
infant death syndrome).
Oxidisation technology also features in many air purification system installations in both health facilities and other organisations. Controlled oxidisation through the use of compounds like chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, and ozone effectively and quickly destroys threats to human health and comfort like, volatile organic compounds (VOC) as well as producing better health outcomes. Advances in a more recent oxidisation technology called photohydroionisation is yielding very promising results and it is being deployed in many products reaching the market like the Airius PureAir.
The Airius PureAir air purification and odour control system integrates the latest non-HEPA PHI oxidisation technology from one of the worlds leading specialists in air, water and food purification – RGF Environmental, to protect staff, visitors, patients, guests, and other stakeholders from indoor air pollution. There are four models available for organisations to choose from – speak with an Airius representative to help you in selecting the best model for your premises and user base.
There are multiple health sector applications for the Airius system including doctors’ surgeries, dentists’ surgeries, hospitals, first aid facilities, care and nursing homes, and general medical facilities. Its 4-log reduction technology reduces virus presence and surface bacteria to a factor of 99%+.
In independent test results carried out by a range of laboratories, research studies and RGF Environmental clients, PHI Cell technology reduced the presence of MRSA, Norwalk Virus, Streptococcus, Bird Flu, Swine Flu, Candida Albicans, and SARS by 99%+ within just 24hrs. The same was recorded over 48 hours for listeria, mould, streptococcus pneumoniae, staphylococcus aureus, and bacillus globigii.
PureAir’s use is not just restricted to medical facilities. Other businesses, the military, and the education sector invest in the system to reduce absenteeism, the presence of odours, gases, vapours, and VOCs.
Feedback from medical facilities, businesses, retailers, schools, and the public sector on the Airius PureAir have been very favourable. In addition to a 20% reduction in staff absenteeism, a cleaner working environment, and better stakeholder health, users appreciate:
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on our non-HEPA PureAir air purification and oxidisation system.
Based in Dorset, Airius provides destratification fans,
LED lighting systems, and electrical engineering services. We work with public
sector organisations and businesses to improve physical environment for the
staff and the public and to reduce energy expenditure. Our client roster
includes British Airways, Harrods, Mercedes, Siemens, Morrisons and Waitrose.