Proper air filtration is absolutely necessary in a variety of industries and work environments. One of the areas where it is perhaps the most imperative is in medicine and healthcare.
Medical environments like doctor’s offices, hospitals, clinics, research facilities, and laboratories have strict regulations regarding their air filtration requirements. And this is with good reason – when dealing with sick patients, testing, and dangerous pathogens, high quality air filtration is required to keep people safe. Without the right air filtration processes and products, we run the risk of contaminating staff, other patients, or even the general public with diseases.
This is why HEPA filtration in medical environments is often required. There are a variety of areas within the medical and healthcare industries that use HEPA filtration, some of which are obvious and some of which are less so.
APC Filtration provides custom HEPA filtration solutions to medical businesses and organizations across the globe. As healthcare and research have developed and progressed, we have seen some new applications for HEPA filters to help keep people safer.
Here are some of the top applications for HEPA filters in the medical industry right now!
The air quality in a hospital, isolation room, or surgical suite needs to be free of dangerous bacteria, viruses, microbes, and other harmful particles. Keeping the air free of these dangerous pathogens in a hospital or other medical environment is key for the health and safety of patients, staff, and visitors.
Antimicrobial HEPA filters are often the primary choice of healthcare facilities simply to keep the air quality high and clean. These filters need to be able to kill dangerous microbes on contact, such as MRSA, the leading cause of highly-contagious staph infections in hospitals.
Employing HEPA filters for air filtration in hospitals is a simple, widely used, and effective way to prevent cross-contamination between patients and the spread of dangerous infections and diseases. This is the first step in filtration for medical environments.
One of the most sensitive areas in a hospital is the neonatal department. Ensuring that newborns are kept safe from any bacteria or virus that can harm them is of the utmost importance in a hospital. The NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) and incubators are the most sensitive and delicate of this department. These areas treat newborns that have mild to severe complications at birth and have very little defense against illnesses or infections.
HEPA filters are used on incubators to ensure that the air going in and coming out of the incubator is high quality. Newborns are unvaccinated, have weaker immune systems, and are trying to adjust to the new world around them. Using HEPA filters on the incubators themselves, as well as in the larger rooms, helps ensure that these newborns won’t come into contact with microbes or pathogens that could cause infection or illness while they are receiving treatment or recovering.
It’s important to lower the risk of airborne contaminants from entering the incubator and a HEPA filter for medical use is perfect for this application.
In a great example of recent changes in the healthcare industry, the use of HEPA filters in patient beds themselves is becoming an industry standard. HEPA filtration is used on warming beds for patients in hospitals to ensure that contaminants from the warming systems do not enter the air.
These warming beds typically have closed circuit forced air systems to help keep the patient warm while they are in the hospital. These forced air systems require custom HEPA filters to remove harmful particles from entering the air from the patient’s bed. By using HEPA filters on the input and output of these systems for warming beds, we can help ensure the air quality for patients recovering from severe illnesses.
Using HEPA filters in daily cleaning supplies helps improve the air quality in a healthcare or medical facility. Further, with an antimicrobial coating, they will kill microbes and bacteria on contact, ensuring that these are out of the air and off of sensitive surfaces.
HEPA filters for cleaning equipment such as industrial vacuum systems, sweeper scrubbers, and air purifiers will keep surfaces free of harmful microbes and remove them from the air as well. Industrial and commercial cleaning equipment often requires custom HEPA filtration solutions for maximum efficiency, but these custom solutions are important for ensuring the equipment is keeping the air and surfaces clean.
Medical professionals and researchers work with hazardous pathogens on a daily basis. Whether researching for new vaccines and treatments or performing tests on patient tissues, these individuals require the HEPA filters to remove microbes and other pathogens from the air they work in.
Depending on the specific laboratory’s requirements, they may need custom HEPA filters, ULPA filters, or a combination solution. APC recently worked with a European manufacturer to create a two-stage HEPA filter for a biological safety cabinet used for medical incineration. This is one example of laboratory equipment that requires robust filtration solutions.
Hood ranges in research facilities also require robust filtration to ensure the safety of researchers. These will often be HEPA or ULPA filters to ensure that microbes and pathogens are removed from the air.
HEPA Filtration By APC Filtration
If you require custom-made HEPA filters for a medical environment or application, APC can help. We have experience with a number of healthcare and medical industries, companies, and environments in producing high efficiency and custom filtration solutions.
Contact APC today for more information about how we can keep the air in your medical or healthcare facility safe. We use high quality materials, a transparent communication process, and superior customer service to ensure that you are receiving the best quality filtration solution for your medical environment.
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