For an air purifier to be hospital-grade, it must meet any relevant standards for each specific setting.
Air Purifier Requirements for Hospital Departments
Different areas of the hospital will have different requirements. Some areas will have to meet COSHH obligations concerning exposure to certain hazardous substances. Whereas public spaces may simply need a good supply of clean air to help prevent the spread of infection.
Operating theatres and other clinical areas will have much more substantial requirements. For example, it may be necessary to meet certain standards regarding the number of air changes per hour (ACH).
Questions to Ask When Choosing the Right Hospital-Grade Air Purifier
So there is no off-the-shelf, one-size-fits-all solution for air purifiers in hospitals. Instead, for each setting you must consider:
- How big is the space? All air purifiers will specify how large an area they can effectively clean. Larger spaces will need larger air purifiers, or perhaps even multiple purifiers.
- Who will be using the space? As we outlined above, different areas of the hospital will have different requirements. For public and communal areas, such as canteens, corridors and waiting rooms, you’ll simply need a reliable supply of clean air to help with infection control. But in clinical areas, you may have to meet specific requirements, or monitor for specific substances.
- What regulations do I have to meet? Match the air purifier’s specifications to whichever legislation or regulations apply to each setting. You’ll have to meet certain COSHH obligations in some areas of your hospital. In other areas, you may have to meet guidelines for the number of air changes per hour (ACH).
- What sort of HVAC system am I working with? In hospitals and other healthcare settings, air purifiers are but one part of a wider heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) solution. The air purifier you choose must integrate with, or else complement, the existing system. You can read our full guide to air filtration systems in hospitals.
Examples of Hospital-Grade Air Purifiers
We specifically designed our range of HealthProtect air purifiers for hospitals and other healthcare settings. They use a series of advanced systems to provide 24/7 removal of viruses and bacteria, while quietly filtering the air to clean it for better infection prevention and control.
The Blueair HealthProtect 7740i air purifier is available in a choice of two sizes – one can filter the air in rooms up to 38m², while the larger model can filter the air in rooms up to 62m². Each model can deliver complete room filtration ever 12.5 minutes, as per industry recommendations. And each is capable of trapping and killing 99% of viruses and bacteria while removing dust, pollen, dander, mould, VOCs, and odours.
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