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Novaerus portable units are highly effective in any situation with an ongoing need to safely reduce pathogens, mitigate odours, and neutralise environmental contaminants in indoor air. 

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Operating Theatres
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Operating Theatres

Reduce Risk of Surgical Site Infections

Surgical site infections (SSIs) are caused by bacteria that get in through incisions made during surgery. SSIs lead to more than 90,000 deaths each year, 50% of which are estimated to be preventable. One of the main sources of contamination is particles released into the air by operating room personnel. Small microorganisms and viruses “ride” on these particles and enter through open wounds or inhalation leading to disease and infection.

Elevated risk

  • HEPA filtration is not installed in the HVAC system
  • Ventilation is inadequate (<15 total ACH)
  • HEPA filters are installed but not regularly replaced
  • HVAC air vents are not regularly cleaned
  • Reliance for infection control is on laminar air flow systems
  • Patients are vulnerable to secondary infections, particularly from pulmonary, airborne pathogens
  • Powerful odors are generated from medical procedures, cleaning chemicals, or patients

Novaerus

  • Rapidly restores a safe operating environment
  • Adsorbs odour from laser plumes and surgical smoke (Defend 1050)
  • Augments HVAC systems without adequate airflow
  • Easily moved by staff between operating theatres
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Intensive Care Units
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Intensive Care Units

Reduce Risk of Cross Contamination

ICU and oncology patients are at heightened risk for healthcare-acquired infections due to the severity of their illness. ICU patients typically have a compromised immune system, long length of hospital stay, several caregivers performing multiple tasks, and a high quantity of invasive devices being used. All of these factors contribute to a greater potential for contact with biological or environmental contamination.

Elevated risk

  • High number of invasive devices in use
  • ICUs are occupied by multiple patients
  • ICU patients are immuno-compromised
  • Staff and visitor traffic is heavy
  • Air flow is non-uniform in "dead zones" like entries, exits, and sink areas

Novaerus

  • Rapidly and safely disinfects ICUs
  • Eliminates dead zones in ICU layout
  • Safe to use around vulnerable patients
  • Easily moved by staff to point of care
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General Patient Wards
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General Patient Wards

Reduce Risk of Outbreaks & Infection

The risk of contamination can be several times higher in multi-bed wards compared to single-bed rooms as bacteria originating from one patient can spread to others occupying the same space via air currents. Even with rigorous hand washing between patients, bacteria can be picked up and spread between patients by healthcare workers from multiple surfaces throughout the ward.

Elevated risk

  • High patient-bed turnover
  • High visitor and staff traffic
  • Varying room size/layouts create dead zones of poorer air quality
  • Multiple patients occupying same ward

Novaerus

  • Eliminates dead zones in any ward layout
  • Adsorbs and neutralizes odours
  • Five fan speeds allow noise level adjustment
  • Safe to use around vulnerable patients
  • Easily moved by staff to specific points of care
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Emergency & Waiting Rooms
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Emergency & Waiting Rooms

Reduce Risk of Infection & Discomfort

Emergency rooms and waiting rooms are high-risk areas for infection due to the high volume of infectious and vulnerable patients who can be waiting for treatment in close proximity for several hours, often in confined and poorly ventilated spaces. Not only does this environment heighten the risk of infectious diseases being spread to healthcare personnel and other patients, but also increases the chances of acquiring new infections associated with treatment.

Elevated risk

  • Close proximity of infectious patients
  • Frequent exposure to outside air
  • High traffic of untreated patients who may be carriers of viruses and disease
  • Lower levels of HVAC ventilation

Novaerus

  • Safe and effective for large, open, crowded spaces
  • Balances air ventilation rate with particulate reduction and/or odour mitigation
  • High air flow for large open spaces
  • Five fan speeds allow noise-level adjustment
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In Vitro Fertilization Labs
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In Vitro Fertilization Labs

Improve Embryonic Development

Even when IVF labs follow strict laboratory practices, airborne pathogens can negatively affect embryonic development. Indoor contaminants such as VOCs and microbes, and outside air pollution from road work, traffic, construction and insecticides can all lead to fluctuations in IVF success. Pollutants can settle on surfaces and dissolve into the aqueous solutions and oil overlays where fragile embryos are cultured.

Elevated risk

  • Lab is located in urban environment
  • Lab does not have VOC filtration
  • Furniture, cleaning methods and clothing are not clean room approved
  • Walls and surfaces are made from porous materials
  • Ducts and pipes are exposed to dust
  • Older labs are being renovated

Novaerus

  • Rapid non-chemical air disinfection
  • Renders airborne bacteria non-viable
  • Augments HVAC filtration
  • Eliminates VOCs 
  • Safe to use around staff
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Senior Living Facilities
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Senior Living Facilities

Reduce Risk of Infection & Outbreaks

The elderly are a vulnerable population and more susceptible to illness than younger adults. Pneumonia and lower respiratory tract infections remain the leading cause of mortality in nursing homes and airborne transmission is responsible for 20% of infections. Outbreaks in senior living facilities can not only be dangerous but also costly in staff absenteeism, overtime and closures.

Elevated risk

  • Elderly are a vulnerable population
  • Dust mites, pollen, bacteria and mould spores spread through cleaning activities
  • Seasonal ailments such as influenza and allergies can cause outbreaks
  • High visitor and staff traffic

Novaerus

  • Prevents outbreaks by deactivating viruses at the DNA level
  • Allows areas post-patient turnover to be occupied more quickly
  • Reduces indoor allergens and bacteria
  • Contains and eliminates pathogens in high traffic areas
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Schools & Daycare
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Schools & Daycare

Reduce Risk of Illness & Absenteeism

Children together in small spaces, such as classrooms and childcare centers, allows for the rapid spread of bacteria. Children breathe in more oxygen relative to their body weight than adults, making them vulnerable to airborne illness. Many schools and childcare centers have hand washing and surface cleaning policies, but they do not account for harmful pathogens that can remain airborne indefinitely.

Elevated risk

  • Confined spaces with children in close proximity
  • Allergens can induce asthma, the leading cause of student absenteeism
  • Exposure to VOCs, such as formaldehyde, cause eye irritation, respiratory symptoms, nausea, dizziness and headaches
  • Children have less immunity to illness

Novaerus

  • Rapid disinfection of large, open spaces
  • Reduces indoor allergens
  • Safe to use around children
  • Eliminates VOCs emitted by furniture, paint, and cleaning chemicals
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Construction & Remediation
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Construction & Remediation

Reduce Risk of Infection & Discomfort

Construction or remodeling work, particularly in older buildings, can release fungal spores from Aspergillus, a mould found commonly in many indoor environments. Aspergillus is particularly dangerous if inhaled by individuals with weakened immune systems and damaged lungs. Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) due to Aspergillus can occur as a result of hospital construction, maintenance, demolition and renovation.

Elevated risk

  • VOCs including smoke and mould can permeate into occupied areas
  • Aspergillus spores can be released from ceilings, walls, and floors
  • Strong odours from painting, flooring and cleaning can permeate into occupied areas
  • Air filters may be clogged
  • Carpet can be contaminated

Novaerus

  • Allows areas post-renovation or construction to be occupied more quickly
  • Reduces VOCs at the source of contamination
  • Kills and traps aspergillus spores and dust
  • Mitigates fungal contamination, in addition to bacteria and viruses
  • Adsorbs and neutralizes strong odours 

Why Dis-infect?

Airborne pathogens spread infection through inhalation or surface contamination. Augment your surface and hand hygiene protocols with 24/7 air disinfection. 

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