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Northwick Park Hospital
Pathogen Solutions is pleased to announce that its Medixair Air Sterilisation Equipment has been subjected to a full clinical trial at Northwick Park Hospital part of North-West London NHS Trust.

The trial was carried out by Dr Peder Bo Nielsen the Director of Infection Prevention and Control under the title "Clean Air Project" and the results will be published at the 8th Congress of the International Federation of Infection Control Budapest, Hungary in October 2007. See the abstract of Dr Nielsen’s paper "Ultraviolet Sterilised Bedroom Air protects patients against MRSA"


The Trial

Northwick Park Hospital, a 900 bed acute Hospital in North London, allocated two identical rooms in a general medical ward. One (the Test room) was fitted with a Medixair (UVc) air sterilisation Unit installed; the other (the Control room) was not. For a period of three months 7 different surfaces in each room, and the patients, were swabbed and cultured three times per week.

Throughout the trial each room was routinely cleaned and clinical/nursing staff worked as normal.

 

 


The Result

The result of the trial was that the test room fitted with the Medixair device was found to have environmental traces of MRSA on just nine occasions as opposed to 23 in the "Control" room. This reduction of two thirds had a dramatic effect on the patients in the room. During the entire period of the trial MRSA was at no time found to have colonised a patient in the trial room whereas in the control room on 11 out of 23 swab tests the patient was found to be colonised by MRSA; one of these further developing a surface wound MRSA infection

All patients participating in the trial were tested and found to be negative for MRSA colonisation prior to entering the test ward areas.


Quote from John Burrows, MD and Chief Engineer Pathogen Solutions

"I am very pleased with the results of the Clean Air Project Trial at Northwick Park Hospital. When we received the results from Dr Nielsen and his team at Northwick Park we were delighted to finally see the  trial had generated statistical  proof of Medixair’s efficacy in a clinical setting.

Dr Nielsen’s  rigour in performing the trial and in particular the crossover study, placing the Medixair unit into the control room and achieving  identical results has provided us with a remarkable outcome.

I  believe the work has confirmed a number of important facts:

  • That airborne contamination is a contributory factor in the context of Health Care Associated infection
  • That there is a direct correlation between the amount of airborne/environmental contamination and levels of patient infection
  • That continuous sterilisation of the air will significantly reduce airborne/environmental contamination
  • That Medixair Air Sterilisation units can therefore play a major and wholly positive role in the fight against HCAI
  • That the portability and ease of usage associated with Medixair allows the ready creation of “instant isolation wards” – from single bedded hospital side rooms

 


We are delighted with the outcome of this very important trial and would like to extend our congratulations to the Northwick Park team.

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