Mitigation of Airborne Cardiac Heater-Cooler Emissions using the HUAIRS | Aerobiotix

Mitigation of Airborne Cardiac Heater-Cooler Emissions using the HUAIRS

Carrico, R.M. PhD DNP FSHEA CIC, Warye, K.
The HUAIRS system represents a potential solution for the mitigation of bioaerosol emissions in order to eliminate SSI risk due to HCU in cardiac ORs.


Nearly a century of literature supports the relationship between airborne pathogen levels and healthcare-associated infection. Recently, surgical infections have been reported as a result of aerosolized nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) exhausted from contaminated heatercooler units (HCUs) during cardiac surgery in multiple countries. There is currently no reliable risk mitigation strategy available for cardiac operating rooms, other than replacing the expensive HCU. This study was designed to evaluate the applicability of a new technology HEPA/Ultraviolet Air Recirculation System (HUAIRS) for use in conjunction with Stockert 3T HCU to reduce microbial aerosol emissions from the ambient air.


Deployment of the HUAIRS device in conjunction with 3T HCU resulted in over 79% reduction in 3T HCU-generated particle emissions in a test chamber air, and 100% when the 3T HCU was exhausting directly into the HUAIRS air intake.

Particle emissions into the test chamber air were reduced to 5300 particles per m3 after only 15 minutes, translating to a 79.6% improvement in airborne particulate content (Student’s t-test p=0.006) (Table 1).



Sr. Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing

Jason leads our global sales team and brings over 18 years of Medical Device experience to Aerobiotix. Jason has led top performing National and Regional Sales teams, selling disruptive technology in the Cardiovascular space with Getinge, Surgical Robotics at Hansen Medical and most recently in the Biologics space with Axogen. Jason received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Indianapolis.



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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.

GREGORY CARROLL PH.D. Director Scientific Affairs


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.

TONY EMBREE Chief Commercial Officer


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COURTNEY ADAMS, Ph.D. VP of Clinical and Medical Affairs


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ANTHONY DEFALCO Vice President of Engineering


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