Research indicates that the level of post operative infection is directly proportional to the level of airborne bacteria within an operating room.
It is generally accepted that “clean surgery” with a moderate or high risk of infection should be carried out in an ultra clean atmosphere. The agreed international definition of ‘ultra clean’ is air containing less than 10 Colony Forming Units per cubic meter (< 10 CFU/m3).
By bathing the patient in sterile HEPA filtered air, a UCV canopy, when utilised as part of a well maintained HVAC system will ensure that air in the “clean zone” contains less than 10 CFU/m3. This figure typically reduces to 5 CFU/m3 when the surgical team is wearing modern occlusive gowns and masks. Tests have also indicated that a further reduction to levels of around 1 CFU/m3 is possible by utilising Body Exhaust Systems (BES).
The effective operation of a UCV system is wholly reliant on the regular maintenance of the entire supply HVAC system from inlet to exhaust. Should any part of the system, whether AHU, filters, ductwork, dampers, heaters or chillers fail or operate sub-optimally, then the UCV’s ability to provide clean air will be compromised.
As part of an integrated and complete package of operating room infrastructure, Starkstrom is able to offer UCV canopies from the two leading manufacturers in the UK. We ensure that the operating light, operating table, medical service pendants and theatre control panel all coordinate and interface seamlessly with the UCV canopy.