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AN AIR-PURIFIER FOR PREVENTING NOSOCOMIAL INFECTION

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 16844
Amount: $49,684.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1991
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
108 Devonshire Rd
Waban, MA 02168
United States
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Richard Hicks
 (617) 969-9694
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Abstract

THE INCREASED INCIDENCE OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES HAS FOCUSED ATTENTION ON MEANS OF PREVENTING THEIR TRANSMISSION IN HEALTH CARE SETTINGS. CONTROL METHODS THAT ARE CURRENTLY RECOMMENDED INCLUDE HIGH-RATE VENTILATION TO THE OUTSIDE WHICH NECESSITATES EXPENSIVE RETROFITTING OF HVAC SYSTEMS. ISOLATION METHODS REQUIRE THE DEDICATION OF TREATMENT ROOMS,AND ARE UNDESIRABLE IN THAT THEY CONFINE THE PATIENT. AN ALTERNATIVE CONTROL STRATEGY INVOLVING HEPA FILTRATION AND RECIRCULATION OF THE PURIFIED AIR WILL BE DEVELOPED. THE NOVEL CONCEPT OF INCORPORATING FILTRATION COMPONENTS INTO NORMALLY USED ITEMS OF FURNITURE SUCH AS A CHAIR PROVIDES A PORTABLE, PATIENT-FRIENDLY DEVICE THAT IS SPACE AND COST EFFECTIVE AND ALLOWS FLEXIBLE ALLOCATION OF TREATMENT ROOMS. AN IMPORTANT TECHNOLOGICAL APPLICATION IS THE USE OF AIR CURRENTS TO ISOLATE CONTAMINANTS WITHOUT THE NEED FOR MECHANICAL BARRIERS. COMPUTER MODELING AND FULL-SCALE FLOW TESTS WILL SUPPLY THE INFORMATION NEEDED TO ARRIVE AT AN OPTIMAL DESIGN AND TO DEMONSTRATE COMPLIANCEWITH CDC GUIDELINES. THE LONG TERM GOALS ARE TO ESTABLISH A BUSINESS THAT SUPPLIES CUSTOM-MADE DEVICES TO MEDICAL FACILITIES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL. THE INCREASED INCIDENCE OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES HAS FOCUSED ATTENTION ON MEANS OF PREVENTING THEIR TRANSMISSION IN HEALTH CARE SETTINGS. CONTROL METHODS THAT ARE CURRENTLY RECOMMENDED INCLUDE HIGH-RATE VENTILATION TO THE OUTSIDE WHICH NECESSITATES EXPENSIVE RETROFITTING OF HVAC SYSTEMS. ISOLATION METHODS REQUIRE THE DEDICATION OF TREATMENT ROOMS,AND ARE UNDESIRABLE IN THAT THEY CONFINE THE PATIENT. AN ALTERNATIVE CONTROL STRATEGY INVOLVING HEPA FILTRATION AND RECIRCULATION OF THE PURIFIED AIR WILL BE DEVELOPED. THE NOVEL CONCEPT OF INCORPORATING FILTRATION COMPONENTS INTO NORMALLY USED ITEMS OF FURNITURE SUCH AS A CHAIR PROVIDES A PORTABLE, PATIENT-FRIENDLY DEVICE THAT IS SPACE AND COST EFFECTIVE AND ALLOWS FLEXIBLE ALLOCATION OF TREATMENT ROOMS. AN IMPORTANT TECHNOLOGICAL APPLICATION IS THE USE OF AIR CURRENTS TO ISOLATE CONTAMINANTS WITHOUT THE NEED FOR MECHANICAL BARRIERS. COMPUTER MODELING AND FULL-SCALE FLOW TESTS WILL SUPPLY THE INFORMATION NEEDED TO ARRIVE AT AN OPTIMAL DESIGN AND TO DEMONSTRATE COMPLIANCEWITH CDC GUIDELINES. THE LONG TERM GOALS ARE TO ESTABLISH A BUSINESS THAT SUPPLIES CUSTOM-MADE DEVICES TO MEDICAL FACILITIES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL.

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