Maintaining a safe and healthy environment is of utmost importance in long-term care facilities (LTCFs) where vulnerable residents require constant care. These facilities have long been grappling with the challenge of reducing infectious pathogens to improve resident well-being. Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) pose a significant threat to LTC residents, with many of these infections originating from airborne sources.
A new study, published in The Journals of Gerontology (May 2023) focuses on the effects of an advanced air purification technology (AAPT) on environmental and clinical outcomes in a long-term care facility.
The AAPT represents a cutting-edge innovation designed to comprehensively remediate volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and all types of airborne pathogens, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses. What sets this technology apart is its unique combination of proprietary filter media, high-dose ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI), and high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration. This powerful blend of features works in synergy to deliver unparalleled results.
In a recent study conducted within LTCFs, the effectiveness of the AAPT was put to the test. The results were nothing short of remarkable. Researchers observed a statistically significant 98.83% reduction in airborne pathogens, which play a pivotal role in causing illnesses and infections. Moreover, VOCs, known for their potential health hazards, were curtailed by an impressive 89.88%. The impact on HAIs was also noteworthy, with a 39.6% reduction in these infections. Notably, surface pathogen loading decreased in all areas except for a single resident room, where the detected pathogens were attributed to direct touch.
These findings hold profound implications for the well-being and quality of life of LTCF residents. By effectively eliminating both airborne and surface pathogens, the AAPT demonstrated a dramatic reduction in HAIs. The comprehensive removal of airborne contaminants has proven to have a direct positive impact on the health and wellness of residents. Consequently, it is imperative for LTCFs to adopt aggressive airborne purification methods alongside their existing infection control protocols.