Protect Your Residents and Staff with Cleaner Air 

Air Purification is Necessary in Nursing Homes

It is crucial to have effective air purification in any healthcare facility, but this is especially true for facilities that care for the elderly.

Elderly people are often immuno-compromised and are therefore more susceptible to airborne contaminants. Poor air quality and increased risk of exposure to airborne pathogens and contaminants such as viruses and bacteria can put patients and staff at risk for serious infection.

During the pandemic, COVID-19 spread rapidly through nursing homes. According to KFF, over 200,000 residents and staff in long-term care facilities have died from COVID-19, that’s 23% of all COVID-related deaths in the US.

Having air purifiers in your nursing home helps to eliminate aerosol particles released from sick patients, protecting both patients and staff and providing everyone with peace of mind.

Effective Air Filtration Allows Residents and Staff to Socialize Safely, Therefore Boosting Mental and Physical Health

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission during the pandemic, nursing homes remained closed to visitors, and residents had to self-isolate in their rooms. This had a major impact on the emotional well-being of elderly residents and left many feeling lonely and isolated.

There are various studies to show that a decline in mental health, particularly for the elderly, can have a detrimental effect on a person’s physical health.

Using effective air purification in common areas of your facility allows residents and staff to spend time with each other, and welcome visits from friends and family. Being able to socialize in this way helps to boost residents’ mental health and ensures no one is left feeling alone.

CDC, WHO, and EPA Recommendations for Air Purification in Public Spaces

Advice from the CDC, WHO, and EPA is clear: to minimize the spread of airborne viruses like COVID-19, in indoor spaces, portable HEPA air purifiers are recommended. In fact, an extensive review by the EPA concluded the combination of HEPA and Carbon is the safest and most effective solution. Purifiers that use UV lights, Ionization, and PCO technology are not ideal because they can produce dangerous byproducts that are then emitted into the air.

The Austin Air Healthmate Plus™ Removes Up to 99.97% of Common Airborne Contaminants Affecting the Elderly

All of our units use the highest quality Medical Grade HEPA and carbon blend to effectively filter a wide range of contaminants, including chemicals and VOCs, allergens, dust, viruses, and bacteria. Our extended filter life (lasting up to five years) combined with our durable steel casing make Austin Air Purifiers the number one choice in all healthcare settings. No maintenance, no costly filter changes. Just plug it in and let it run 24/7.

Austin Air Purifiers Are Clinically Proven to Reduce Blood Pressure

Studies have shown older adults suffer increased blood pressure during high exposure to air pollution, specifically particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide (which is often emitted from stoves, space heaters, water heaters, furnaces, fireplaces, and boilers).

In fact, studies have even found low-level exposure to pollution (those below national safety standards) is linked to an increased risk for heart and lung problems such as heart attacks, strokes, irregular heartbeats, and pneumonia in people 65 or older.

But there’s good news! A recent clinical trial carried out by the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, demonstrated that using an Austin Air Purifier to remove pollutants from the air, helps to lower a person’s blood pressure and therefore reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Clinically Proven to Capture and Destroy Airborne Contaminants and Viruses

Our involvement in clinical trials started in 2001 when we were selected by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the country’s number one children’s hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, to take part in a clinical trial to improve children’s asthma symptoms and reduce visits to the ER.

Since then we have been involved in a number of trials, working with some of the country's leading institutions, including Johns Hopkins University and the University of Washington. The results of these trials confirm what we have known for many years. Running an Austin Air purifier removes a wide range of airborne pollutants and will help to improve respiratory conditions such as asthma and COPD. If you would like to read more about our clinical trials, learn more here.

No Other Brand Comes Close to Austin Air Systems

According to an EPA report, a significant amount of HEPA and Carbon must be used in your air purifier’s filtration otherwise filters will need to be changed often (every few months). That’s why the Austin Air HealthMate® has: 

60 sq. ft. of True Medical Grade HEPA proven to remove 99% of all virus particles larger than 0.1 microns.

Over 780 cubic inches of Activated Carbon and Zeolite.  Removes chemicals, gases, and odors

No one in the industry even comes close to using that much. This ensures a long filter life of up to 5 years.

“That’s the impact of Austin.”

Common Airborne Pollutants in Nursing Homes

1. Common Areas

Common areas where residents, staff, and family members spend time together are often high-risk environments. With little or no ventilation, viruses and bacteria accumulate with no way to escape. This increases the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and other airborne pathogens. 

VOCs and chemicals from furnishing and flooring can also have a major impact on indoor air quality if effective filtration is not used.

2. Restrooms

Public and shared restrooms are breeding grounds for bacteria and odors. Effective air filtration helps remove odors and other airborne contaminants, creating a clean, safe space for residents, staff, and visitors.

3. Dining Areas

Dining rooms, where large groups of residents and staff spend time together, eating without masks, can be a high-risk environment for the transmission of COVID-19 and other viruses.

Other contaminants in the cafeteria include NO2 from gas appliances and chemicals and VOCs from cleaning products. Exposure to NO2 causes coughing, wheezing, and chest tightness and is particularly dangerous for people with ongoing respiratory diseases such as COPD, a common condition among the elderly. 

4. Pollution From the Street

If your facility is close to a busy road, toxic emissions from vehicles can find their way indoors. Without effective air filtration, these chemicals and gases can have a serious impact on the health of residents and staff and can exacerbate existing respiratory conditions such as asthma and COPD.

5. Gym/Rehab Center

Materials commonly found in gyms and rehab centers can emit VOCs and formaldehyde into the air. Gym equipment, plastics, carpeting and flooring, furnishing, particle boards, chemicals, and cleaners are all potential sources of indoor air pollution.

Exposure to VOCs and chemicals can cause a wide range of symptoms, including eye, nose, and throat irritation, shortness of breath, headaches, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, and skin problems. Higher concentrations may irritate the lungs, as well as cause damage to the liver, kidneys, or central nervous system.

Gyms are also high-traffic areas, with large numbers of people spending prolonged periods of time together. Without effective air filtration, the risk of COVID-19 transmission in a gym or rehab center is high.

Furthermore, a person’s breathing rate is faster during exercise, which increases the risk of inhaling viral particles and other airborne contaminants. 

6. Residents’ Rooms

Our respiratory system decreases by around 50% when we lie down. This reduced lung capacity makes us more vulnerable to airborne contaminants during the night, particularly older people who are more likely to have ongoing respiratory issues. Airborne contaminants in the bedroom increase the risk of night time asthma and allergy attacks, they also disrupt sleep and prevent us from getting the rest we need. 

Residents who are unwell, often spend time long periods of time in their room, with staff, family, and friends from outside the facility coming to visit. If effective air filtration is not used in such situations, the risk of COVID-19 transmission is high for this group of vulnerable residents. 

7. Employee Workspaces

Equipment commonly found in staff workspaces, such as copy machines and printers can emit dangerous levels of VOCs and chemicals into the environment. A number of studies show that airborne contaminants in the workplace are responsible for poor staff productivity and high rates of staff absenteeism. Running an Austin helps to keep your employees healthy and boosts staff performance.

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