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Our innovations are independently validated and backed by clinical evidence

Over 60 years of evidence demonstrates the correlation between airborne microbial bioburden and the rate of Surgical Site Infection (SSI).  Lower airborne bioburden means lower SSI.  

The performance of the Opragon system has been independently validated by leading experts in healthcare air quality in both the US and Europe. These studies have taken place under a range of different surgical conditions and procedures including measurement of airborne bioburden during active surgery.  

Note: TcAF in some articles is termed “TAF”. Since 2018, Avidicare uses TcAF in order to avoid confusion with Turbulent Mixing Airflow, which in some countries is abbreviated as TAF.

Selected studies

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Clinical Studies

Clinical validation and efficacy of a temperature-controlled ventilation system (TcAF) in the OR to reduce surgical site infections

Validation of a Temperature-Controlled Air Flow Ventilation System during Scripted Mock Procedures and Live Surgical Cases

Educational Programs

APIC Webinar

Prosthetic Joint Infection: What are we missing? 

AORN 2022

Visualizing Airborne Contamination in the Operating Room 

European Healthcare Design 2022

Innovation in Ventilation: Aligning infection prevention with energy efficiency

New York State Healthcare Facilities Conference

The Science of Operating Room Ventilation: How Well Does My Ventilation System Perform and Does it Really Matter?

Technical Briefings

Operating Room Ventilation Systems: Assessing Ventilation Concepts for Aseptic Performance and Compliance with U.S. Healthcare Codes and Standards   

Innovation in operating room ventilation: Stress-testing temperature-controlled air flow

Statements are evidence-based

“Surgical site infections are correlated with airborne bacteria levels”

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“Particles carrying bacteria are continuously spread to the air from people in the operating room or from adjacent rooms in the case of door opening”

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“The majority of the bacteria contaminating the surgical wound are likely to have reached it by the airborne route”

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“Indirect contamination of the surgical wound via medical devices occurs as well as direct airborne contamination”

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“Microbiological air sampling is a better method for investigating operating room air quality”

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“The size of airborne particles carrying micro-organisms are in the order of a few micrometers”

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“The main measures to prevent SSI are antibiotics, the use of suitable ventilation, surgical clothing, staff numbers and behaviour”

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“Post operative infections not only cause suffering – they are also costly”

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“Antimicrobial and antibiotic resistance is an increasing threat”

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“Downward airflow is effective regarding reduction of airborne bacterial counts and velocities of at least 0.3 m/s are needed to break body convection”

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“TcAF ventilation keeps the whole operating room ultra-clean”

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“TcAF ventilation is energy efficient and provides a comfortable working environment”

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“TcAF ventilation benefits validated using CFD”

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“TcAF installation reduces risk for SSI – 3% to 1% in large study”

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We can tell you more

The Avidicare team is open to presentation and in-depth discussion on how the Opragon system can make a difference for both patients and hospital staff.