Airborne Bacteria in the OR reduced by HUAIRS

Reduced airborne bacterial content in active OR by


Surgical site infections (SSI) are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the US hospitals. Airborne bacteria in operating rooms (OR) may contribute to SSI. In Europe, regulations exist to limit the airborne bioburden in the ORs. Unfortunately, no equivalent environmental indoor air quality standards exist in the US. With emerging scientific data regarding the contribution of air contamination to SSI, there is increased interest in considering innovative supplemental technologies to support best air quality in the ORs.


A newly commercialized HEPA/UV-C air recirculation/filtration system (HUAIRS) was evaluated as to its efficacy in reducing airborne bacteria present in a plastic surgery OR at an outpatient surgery center.

Results and Conclusion

Particle quantification data is well aligned with airborne bacterial contamination findings. For the cultured samples obtained, there was a 67.7% reduction in CFU count. The HUAIRS device is effective in reducing airborne contamination and improving air quality in the OR, supporting reduced SSI risk for patients and improved safety for the surgical team.

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President and CEO

The founder and CEO is David Kirschman, M.D., a former physician with extensive experience as CEO, Director, Chief Scientific Officer and operator in the orthopedic and biologic medical device space. Dr. Kirschman holds 55 issued US Patents for a wide range of medical devices. He received his BS in Biological Science cum laude from Colorado State University and M.D. from University of Colorado School of Medicine.


Director Scientific Affairs

Dr. Carroll has extensive experience in ultraviolet and photonic science. Prior to joining Aerobiotix, he led the research and development group at Sunstar Engineering. He has a Ph.D. in chemistry from Columbia University and did his postdoctoral fellowship under Nobel laureate Prof. Ben Feringa at the University of Groningen, Netherlands, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.


Chief Commercial Officer

Tony leads our global sales organization and commercialization strategy. Prior joining Aerobiotix, he was Senior Manager of Strategy at Stryker. He has led sales and marketing teams in multiple organizations including SurgiCount Medical, part of Patient Safety Technologies, INC (PSTX) as it expanded from 8 hospitals in 2008 to user base of 330 hospitals at time of acquisition in 2013.


VP of Clinical and Medical Affairs

Dr. Adams leads our global clinical research and education initiatives as well as developing key opinion leaders to support our clinical mission. Prior to joining Aerobiotix, she held leading research and medical affairs roles at Biogen, Axogen, and MedPace. Dr. Adams holds Ph.D. in Pharmacology from University of Cincinnati.


Vice President of Engineering

Anthony is a topflight medical device product development engineer and leader, experienced in the development and implementation of orthopedic, environmental, and electromechanical systems.


Vice President of Sales

Nathan brings a high level of commitment to servicing and building client relations. He was one of the first employees to start for Aerobiotix. Nathan has previously held leadership roles in the medical device industry. He received his BS from Antioch McGregor University Midwest.


Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Schmitz is a highly experienced financial practitioner with financial leadership roles in diverse industries including manufacturing and technology as well as a background in public accounting. He received his BS in accounting, cum laude, from the Miami University of Ohio. Mr. Schmitz is a certified public accountant and certified management accountant.