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Published on September 18, 2021

The air in CCHC hospitals and health offices is getting cleanerThe air in CCHC hospitals and health offices is getting cleaner

Air purification systems are being installed in facilities system-wide

By Robin Lord

In an effort to create the purest, pathogen-free air in all of its facilities, Cape Cod Healthcare has announced partnership plans with AeroClean Technologies to install more than 100 Pūrgo™ air purification and sanitization devices. The devices will be installed beginning this summer, with full deployment expected by the end of 2021.

Pūrgo™ utilizes patented, proprietary, UV-C LED technology to significantly reduce or remove harmful pathogens like allergens, mold, bacteria, fungi, and viruses, including the surrogate pathogen for COVID-19. They offer this continuous air sanitization as an additional important safety measure for patients, staff and visitors.

Cape Cod Healthcare will be the first hospital in Massachusetts to widely deploy these medical-grade air sanitization devices in indoor spaces.

In May 2021, Cape Cod Healthcare announced that Cape Cod Hospital was recognized as a Healthgrades 2021 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM recipient – a distinction that places Cape Cod Hospital among the top 5 percent of all hospitals and the only such hospital in Massachusetts to receive the recognition. The air purification installation is an effort to continue to provide patients with the latest safety technologies, said Michael Lauf, President and CEO of Cape Cod Healthcare.

“We are committed to diligently ensuring the safety and well-being of everyone in the Cape Cod Healthcare community,” he said. “In addition to continuing to exercise all health and safety measures one year into the pandemic, we will add active air purification in our high-traffic areas, to enhance the protection of our patients.”

Pūrgo devices work continuously to purify and eliminate viruses and other harmful pathogens from the air, exchanging the air inside most rooms more than six times per hour.

“Demand for clean safe air has never been greater, even at our most advanced medical facilities, where high air exchange rates and HEPA filtration are used routinely in operating rooms and treatment areas,” said Jason DiBona, CEO of AeroClean. “The CDC and WHO are now recommending HEPA filtration and advanced air cleaning technology (germicidal UV irradiation) in indoor spaces to effectively mitigate airborne threats, like COVID-19.

“Traditional HVAC systems and filtration cannot support the air sanitization requirements in these common areas to sufficiently mitigate risk from airborne pathogens – especially those that are transferred locally, person-to-person indoors.

The Pūrgo units will be utilized in both clinical and non-clinical spaces in Cape Cod Healthcare facilities. The clinical spaces include outpatient treatment areas with immunocompromised patient populations, like cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. Non-clinical spaces will include lobby areas, waiting rooms, dining areas, staff break rooms, offices, conference centers, and other enclosed areas. Eventually, Cape Cod Healthcare will also begin testing the new technology inside elevators across the CCHC network.

“The intent of installing this cutting-edge technology is so that patients and their family members, staff and any guests feel more secure about utilizing our state-of-the-art facilities,” said Michael R. Bachstein, Vice President, Facilities Management. “AeroClean is the ideal partner to help carry out these enhanced sanitization plans.”

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