The HUAIRS Ultraclean Air System:
Clinical Evidence and Justification
Based on the extensive literature review and metaanalysis of medical databases and published studies from 1990–2016, healthcare decision makers should not consider laminar flow as a preventative measure to reduce the risk of surgical site infections (SSI).
Recent scientific findings strongly suggest that laminar flow systems are associated with significantly higher risk for severe SSI by creating turbulent air currents and forcing dirty air into instruments, implants and personnel.
The current positive-pressure surgical helmet systems (SHS) have been found to increase infection rates by pushing air and particles out into operative field via the unsealed surgeon’s cuff.
Healthcare workers are the largest contributors to environmental contamination in the OR.
The significant role of contaminated air in SSI risk cannot be overlooked after the recent mycobacterium outbreak linked to heater-cooler units causing 14 deaths and multiple infections since 2015.
A cost range for a single case of PJI using a one-way sensitivity analysis of $389,307 to $474,004.