Aerobiotix | Surgical Air Disinfection Systems

Better Air For Healthcare

Reduce your risk of surgical site infection with advanced ultraviolet, filtration, and air monitoring technologies

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Clearing the Air: Understanding the Crucial Role of Air Disinfection in Healthcare

AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo 2024
March 11-12, 2024
Booth #1229

AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo 2024

March 9-12 2024
Nashville, TN
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SURGICAL AIR SYSTEM

Illuvia Sense® is a surgical air decontamination device with environmental sensing and reporting technologies for reducing risk of surgical site infection and improving overall environmental safety in perioperative environments.

Air decontamination Sanitization Solutions - Bug

Operating room air is full of dangerous contaminants, including:

  • Airborne bacteria – can cause surgical site infection1
    • 80% of bacteria found in the wound after surgery comes
      from the air2
  • Surgical smoke particles – contains hazardous chemicals
    • O.R. staff are exposed to the equivalent of 27-30 cigarettes
      daily3
  • Infectious aerosols – shed by patients and staff and released
    through aerosol-generating procedures, surgical smoke4,5
    • Expose staff and patients to SARS-CoV-2, C-diff., TB, MRSA
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) – classified as hazardous
    by OSHA
Air decontamination Sanitization Solutions - Bug

Operating room air is full of dangerous contaminants, including:

  • Airborne bacteria – can cause surgical site infection1
    • 80% of bacteria found in the wound after surgery comes
      from the air2
  • Surgical smoke particles – contains hazardous chemicals
    • O.R. staff are exposed to the equivalent of 27-30 cigarettes
      daily3
  • Infectious aerosols – shed by patients and staff and released through aerosol-generating procedures, surgical smoke4,5
    • Expose staff and patients to SARS-CoV-2, C-diff., TB, MRSA
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) – classified as hazardous by OSHA

Isn’t HVAC Enough?

The air coming into your building through the HVAC system is clean when it enters the room. The air isn’t the issue—people are.

“The microbial level in operating room air is directly proportional to the number of people moving in the room.”6 – CDC

As staff members move through the O.R., they shed viruses, bacteria, and spores. Current interventions have limitations:

  • HVAC systems are not designed to deal with short bursts of bioaerosols (from people).
  • Standard room air exchanges are not enough for today’s busy O.R.s.
  • Facemasks alone do not prevent microbial shedding.
  • Central laminar flow systems neglect the areas outside of the central zone.

“Even the most robust HVAC system cannot control all airflows and completely prevent dissemination of an infectious aerosol or disease transmission by droplets or aerosols.”7 – ASHRAE, 2020

Proactive Air Management

Illuvia features an integrated particle counter that enables you to monitor and manage the amount of airborne contamination in the operating room.

The chart in this section shows an example of control air quality in the operating room vs. air quality with the Illuvia in use.

See the results at your facility! Contact us to request a complimentary Air Quality Assessment of your operating rooms.

air decontamination air sample data

(Source: Data on file, Aerobiotix)

Air Decontamination Published studies have shown that Illuvia:Inactivates 99.9% of bacteria, viruses, and spores in the air.

A Proven Solution

Published studies have shown that Illuvia:

  • Inactivates 99.9% of bacteria, viruses, and spores in the air.9
  • Reduces airborne bacteria levels during surgery by 72%, creating a safer environment for patients and staff.¹⁰
  • Can reduce the risk of infection during surgery.
  • Can help reduce surface contamination by 51%.¹¹
  • Can reduce particles arising from smoke plume during surgical
    procedures.¹²
  • Can reduce SARS-CoV-2 bioaerosols below detectable levels.13

How Illuvia® benefits my practice

  • A clinically relevant diminishing of surgical site infections. 99% effective in reducing bacteria, viruses and spores.
  • Capital outlay is immensely low, nominal compared to the risk of SSI.
  • Exceeded the estimated 70% reduction in particulate matter, experiencing fantastic results.
  • The unit does not occupy much space, and is barely audible.

Leo Chough, MD, FAAOS
Orthopaedic Surgeon

References:
1. Chauveaux D. Preventing surgical-site infections: measures other than antibiotics. Orthopedics & Traumatology. 2015;101(1):S77-83.
2. OM Lidwell, E.J.L. Lowbury, W. Whyte, R. Blowers, S.J. Stanley and D. Lowe. Airborne contamination of wounds in joint replacement operations: the relationship to sepsis rates. Journal of Hospital Infection (1983) 4, 111-131
3. Hill DS, O’Neill JK, Powell RJ, Oliver DW. Surgical smoke—a health hazard in the operating theatre: a study to quantify exposure and a survey of the use of smoke extractor systems in UK plastic surgery units. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2012; 65(7):911-916.
4. Eames I, Tang JW, Li Y, Wilson P. Airborne transmission of disease in hospitals. Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 2009;6(Suppl 6):S697-S702.
5. Prakash L, Dhar SA, Mushtaq M. COVID-19 in the operating room: a review of evolving safety protocols. Patient Safety in Surgery. 2020;14.
6. Levine AS, Siegel SE, Schreiber AD, et al. Protected environment and prophylactic antibiotics antibiotics. N Engl J Med 1973;288:477-483
7. ASHRAE, 2020, Position Document on Infectious Aerosols
8. Cook, T. DO, Piatt C., DO, Barnes, S. BSN, Edmiston, Jr. C, PhD. The Impact of Supplemental Intraoperative Air Decontamination on the Outcome of Total Joint Arthroplasty: A Pilot Analysis (2018)
9. Evans, A. The efficiency of microorganism inactivation by the Aerobiotix air cleaner. (Research Triangle Institute, 2013).
10. Curtis, G.L., MD, Faour, M., MD, Jawad, Michael, BS, Klika, MS, Barsoum, W.K., MD, Higuera, C.A., MD. Reduction of Particles in the Operating Room Using Ultraviolet Air Disinfection and Recirculation Units. The Journal of Arthroplasty (2017).
11. Bischoff, W., MD, PhD, Russell, G., MS. Correlation of the air-surface nexus of bacterial burden during routine patient care. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology (2020). doi: 10.1017/ice.2020.436
12. Davies G, Bradford N, Oliver R, Verheul R, Bruce W, Walsh W. The Effects of a Novel Decontamination-Recirculating System in Reducing Airborne Particulate: A Laboratory-Based Study. In: Vol 99-B. Orthopaedic Proceedings. ; 2017:61-61.
13. Barnewall, R. E. & Bischoff, W. E. Removal of SARS-CoV-2 bioaerosols using ultraviolet air filtration. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiology 1–2 (2021).
14. Parvizi J, Gehrke T, Krueger CA, et al. Resuming Elective Orthopaedic Surgery During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Guidelines Developed by the International Consensus Group (ICM). Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. 2020;102(14):1205- 1212.

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