Viable Airborne Particle Generation and Illuvia with Diathermy
Overall, the presence of the ILLUVIA 500UV reduced the airborne particulate count in the room, even with the peaks accounted to diathermy activity.
Surgical Site Infections (SSI) have a significant negative effect on healthcare, and methods to prevent and reduce them should continue to be investigated. Upon review, air quality improvement remains of significant interest in reducing SSI.
The present study looks to control some of these variables, using a simplified and reproducible ‘Operating Room’ setup in a single laboratory room and measuring the effect that surgical activity and ILLUVIA 500UV have on the airborne particle count using real-time measurements with a AEROTRAK™ 9306 Real Time Particle Counter.
Results & Conclusions
Overall, the presence of the ILLUVIA 500UV reduced the airborne particulate count in the room, even with the peaks accounted to diathermy activity. It reduced the baseline and brought the room back to baseline sooner following peaks. This result reflects the ability of the ILLUVIA 500UV to efficiently clear the room of airborne particles.