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.
AEROBIOTIX technology previously demonstrated statistically significant reductions in total airborne particulates, viable particulates, and airborne bacteria when deployed in active operating rooms. The study was performed in a single OR at a 300-bed community medical center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Developing the Case for Implementation of Operating Room Air Decontamination Technology for Orthopedic Surgery
Russell Nassof, JD; Kathy Warye, Maureen Spencer, MEd, RN, CIC, FAPIC. Infection Control Today, September 2018. While there is a host of factors in OR environment and practice that can contribute to SSI, there is a growing body of evidence which suggests that air quality merits heightened attention on the part of the infection prevention community.
The Impact of Supplemental Intraoperative Air Decontamination on the Outcome of Total Joint Arthroplasty
Cook, T., DO, Piatt, C., DO, Barnes, S. BSN, Edmiston, Jr., C.E. PhD. The Journal of Arthroplasty, 2018. While PJI is multifactorial in nature, this study suggests the use of intraoperative supplemental air decontamination significantly reduced the overall risk of PJI.
Werner Bischoff, MD PhD, FSHEA, Gregory Russell MS, Elisabeth Willard AAS, John Stehle Jr PhD. American Journal of Infection Control, 2019. Aerosol transmission of pathogens can result in the rapid spread of disease. The mobile air recirculation system significantly decreased the bacterial load by over 40%.