Abatement Technologies Responds to New 2009 CDC Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention in Schools K-12

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As state and local school administrators prepare for H1N1 swine flu emergencies in the 2009-2010 school year, Abatement Technologies®, Inc. forecasts increased demand for their HEPA-CARE® Air Purification Systems.

HEPA-CARE HC600F Medical Air Purification Unit

How do we safeguard the student population against infection and the spread of H1N1 swine flu?

As the nation's 55 million children begin the 2009 school year in more than 130,000 public and private schools, the question asked is, "How do we safeguard the student population against infection and the spread of H1N1 swine flu?"

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidance designed to decrease exposure to H1N1 swine flu and regular seasonal flu while limiting the disruption of day-to-day activities. The CDC recommends that schools create isolation-type rooms or facilities where sick children and staff can be moved to prevent the spread of infection until they can be safely removed from the school.

HEPA-CARE® Air Purification Systems
Used today in more than 5,000 hospitals and clinics worldwide, Abatement Technologies portable HEPA-CARE Air Purification Systems are designed to facilitate quick and economical conversion of virtually any room into a CDC-compliant, negative pressure isolation room with hospital-quality filtered air. HEPA-CARE HEPA filtration systems are designed to filter potentially deadly, infectious airborne pathogens from the air and to create either negative pressure or positive pressure isolation zones within the indoor environment.

According to independent testing, the high-efficiency pharmaceutical grade HEPA-CARE HEPA filters capture more than 99.99% of the 0.3-micron size (0.000012-inch) particles that pass through them.

Portable HEPA-CARE models are ideal for school settings because they provide the fastest and most economical way to set up student isolation areas during emergencies such as an H1N1 swine flu pandemic. HEPA-CARE units can also be placed throughout the school and run continuously as recirculating air cleaners to remove harmful particles and help purify the air.

Germicidal UV-C Disinfection Technology
Germicidal UV (UVGI) technology has been widely used in health care facilities for more than 50 years to irradiate, deactivate and kill harmful infectious pathogens suspended in the air. This powerful technology is an available option with HEPA-CARE Air Purification Devices, to add another layer of protection against potential student and staff exposure to the infectious H1N1 swine flu pathogen.

Mass Patient Isolation for Large Areas
In addition, Abatement Technologies offers higher capacity devices called HEPA-AIRE Portable Air Scrubbers, which are capable of converting even larger areas, such as an entire corridor, a gymnasium or a cafeteria, into a short-term isolation area for larger numbers of students and staff.

Abatement Temporary Anterooms
Abatement Technologies also offers two alternative solutions for creating a temporary transition space, or anteroom, as a buffer area between common spaces and isolation areas: the ANTE UP® Inflatable Emergency Anteroom and the AIRE GUARDIAN® AR Modular Anteroom. Both can be negatively or positively pressurized as needed to control the direction of airflow and further protect non-infected students and staff from exposure to pathogens whenever medical staff, equipment or supplies enter or exit the isolation zone.

About Abatement Technologies
For more than 20 years Abatement Technologies has led the way with innovative, effective and economical infection-control solutions for hospitals and other medical facilities around the world. Contact Abatement Technologies for additional information on their state-of-the-art Air Purification Systems for creating CDC compliant airborne infectious isolation rooms (AIIR) in schools, businesses and other facilities in the event of a healthcare emergency such as an H1N1 swine flu outbreak.

Dave Willyard, Vice President
Abatement Technologies, Inc.
605 Satellite Blvd.
Suite 300
Suwanee, Georgia 30024


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