CLEANER AIR MEANS BETTER HEALTHCARE
Surgical site infections (SSIs) continue to constitute a significant fraction of hospital-acquired infections contributing to morbidity and mortality in the US healthcare system. There are approximately 290,000 incidences of SSIs in the US each year, translating into economic loss of $8.36 billion. A significant portion of SSIs, in particular deep wound infections, have been proven to be airborne in origin or strongly correlate with increased bacterial air content. When current environmental systems and standards are not sufficient to ensure good air quality, supplemental controls with air systems by Aerobiotix are the answer.
Elevated bacterial content in OR air causes increased surgical site infection rates.
Prospective randomized multicenter study results shows that joint replacement procedures performed in rooms with over 50 CFU/m3 airborne bacterial colony forming units per cubic meter were 2.6 times as likely to have postoperative SSI than those done in cleaner air with 20 CFU/m3.
– OM LIDWELL, JOURNAL OF HOSPITAL INFECTION