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2021 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo: Boost Quality and Safety in SPD, OR & Beyond

Those who attend the 2021 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo this October in Columbus, Ohio, will learn from some of the industry’s most renowned and respected experts in the field. Attendees will glean valuable information they can take back to their departments to drive better outcomes for their health care customers and patients who rely on clean, sterile and well-functioning instruments.

3 Questions to Help You Find the Right Anesthesia Machine for Your Facility

Before choosing a new anesthesia system for your practice, make sure you have a firm understanding of the features and specifications that will best suit your unique needs, making it a worthwhile investment for your facility.

Clarifying Scoring in Instrument Handling and Processing

As an infection preventionist (IP) working in the Standards Interpretation Group of the Joint Commission, an important function of my job is to answer infection prevention-related questions from health care organizations.

The Importance of Early Career Certification

In an increasingly demanding hiring market those now entering nursing, or committing to a specialty such as perioperative nursing, will maximize their opportunities with certification.

Clinical Trial to Study Impact of ActivePure Technology on Surgical Site Infections

Clinical Trial to Study Impact of ActivePure Technology on Surgical Site Infections

Aerus Medical formally announced the start of a double-blind two-year clinical study to evaluate the impact the Aerus Medical Guardian with ActivePure Technology can have on reducing nosocomial infections, or healthcare-associated infections, also known as HAIs, from surgical operating room procedures.

Aerus Medical Guardian with ActivePure Technology, a U.S. FDA Class II Medical Device, reduces bacteria and viruses in the air by 99.99% within 30 minutes and surface contamination by more than 99% after several hours. The primary goal of the randomized trial will be to determine whether filtering and sterilizing operating room air with the Aerus Medical Guardian with ActivePure Technology air purifier reduces a composite of serious surgical site infections, infection-related complications, and death within 30 days after surgery. Secondarily, the trial will determine the effect of air filtration and sterilization on serious surgical site infections and on the cost of care.

HAIs are a significant concern that can have serious medical, emotional, and financial consequences. These types of infections cost the U.S. healthcare system billions of dollars each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on any given day, about one in 31 hospital patients has at least one HAI.

The Aerus Medical Study will use 50 noncardiac, adult operating rooms at Cleveland Clinic. The trial will be restricted to adults aged 18 years or older, having surgery lasting at least one hour. Patients with present-on-admission infections will be excluded from the study. Operating rooms will be randomized in one-month blocks to Aerus air sterilization or conventional air handling. A minimum of 67,653 patients with a maximum of 86,639 patients will be needed for this study.

The trial is expected to begin this year and last approximately two years.

The Aerus Medical Guardian with ActivePure Technology is roughly the size and configuration of carry­on luggage (26.5″H x 11.5″W x 21.0″D) and weighs 48 pounds. It cleans 18,000 cubic feet of air per hour on its “high” setting. The system actively cleans the air with activated carbon, ActivePure Molecules, and high-efficiency particulate filtration.

The Aerus Medical study is sponsored by Aerus Medical LLC, the company that developed the surface and air purification unit Aerus Medical Guardian with ActivePure Technology.

For more information, visit ActivePure.com or AerusMedical.com.

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