Infection control procedures including work practices, protocols and controls, environmental hygiene, air filtration and appropriate use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are all necessary to prevent infections from spreading during healthcare service delivery. But in the case of the recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak early detection and isolation of potentially infectious patients is essential to prevent unnecessary exposures among patients, healthcare personnel, and visitors to a healthcare facility.
According to CDC and WHO, besides other infection prevention protocols/precautions the following important steps need to be adapted for patient care in healthcare facilities.
- Place the patient suspected or infected with Coronavirus (COVID-19) in a single patient isolation room (with negative pressure relative to the surrounding areas), with a minimum of 6 air changes per hour. Air from these rooms should be exhausted directly to the outside or be cleaned through filtration units before recirculation.
- Healthcare facilities should have one isolation unit per 20 beds (5% of beds) to be prepared for an outbreak such as Coronavirus (COVID-19).
- Room doors should be kept closed except when entering or leaving the room, and entry and exit should be minimized.
- Examination room doors should be properly closed when interacting with a suspected person or patient.
- Patients should wear a proper facemask to contain secretions.
- Healthcare professionals entering the room should use PPE (gloves, gown, eye goggles, facemasks etc.) and maintain entries of the visit in a log book.
- Healthcare facility should use dedicated or disposable noncritical patient-care equipment (e.g., blood pressure cuffs). If equipment is to be used for more than one patient, clean and disinfect such equipment before use.
- Healthcare professionals entering the room soon after a patient vacates the room should use respiratory protection.
- Healthcare facilities should ensure that hand hygiene supplies are readily available in every location and are used properly.
- Healthcare professionals should be regularly trained to handle infective patients and pass through periodic screening for the virus.
- Dedicated medical air purifying equipment should be used for patient care and environmental infection control.
The Chinese authorities combating the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) have built hospitals in the crisis areas and upgraded their medical infrastructure as traditional air purification methods are not enough to contain microorganisms in the air. Most commonly used fiber HEPA filters are powerless against the microbes that are less than 0.3 µm size. Unfortunately, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is slightly larger than 0.1 µm size.
Genano has developed a unique air decontamination method that kills and removes even nano-sized particles up to 0.003 µm (3nm) size from the indoor air.
Genano has recently delivered over 200 air decontamination units for hospitals in Jiangsu, Hubei and Guangdong provinces in China who needed to develop isolation rooms for Coronavirus (COVID-19) infected patients urgently.
Previously, Genano air decontamination units were used in Saudi Arabian hospitals for isolation rooms and other healthcare facilities in the MERS outbreak (2012), where they were able to treat patients safely and without the risk of contamination.
Genano air purifier is an advanced technology that ensures that all airborne microbes such as viruses and bacteria, up to 0.003 µm (3nm) size, are eliminated in a contained space. The air purifying unit may be equipped with a negative pressure kit to exhaust clean air from isolation rooms and comes in stand-alone units for isolation rooms, patient rooms and hospital areas.
Genano has proved to be a viable solution for a healthcare facility (purpose or non-purpose built).
Genano Medical air purifier benefits
- 99.5% air decontamination for all types of microbes, particles and gases
- Are easy to install and use (plug and play)
- Are mobile (using casters)
- Low running and maintenance costs (low electricity consumption and requirement of consumables)
- Improves quality, efficiency of work and prevents infection transmission.
Application areas of Genano Medical
- Isolation Rooms and Intensive Care Units (Positive / Negative pressure patient rooms)
- Operation Rooms/Theatres (OR)
- Transplant Centers
- Burn & Cancer centers
- Areas for protection of immune-compromised patients
- Medical device certified (MDD 93/42/EEC Class 1 Medical Devices)
- CE Marked
- ISO Certified