|With high energy prices and greater consequences for healthcare-associated infections, reliable and effective hospital ventilation is more important today than ever before. The Theris® family of venturi valves is designed specifically for the airflow control needs of hospitals, offering both constant volume (CV) and variable air volume (VAV) systems that are maintenance-free, energy efficient, and provides reliable space pressurization to improve infection control.|
Consider these facts linking national healthcare issues to ventilation:Infection Control – Effective October 1, 2008 Medicare will not reimburse hospitals for eleven “Never Events,” some of which are airborne related healthcare-associated infections. Better ventilation means better control of airborne pathogens.
Energy Consumption – Hospitals run 24×7 and are the second largest energy consumers in the U.S. by type of facility. Properly controlled reduced ventilation in unoccupied spaces contributes directly to energy savings.
Environmental Comfort – Improved climate control ensures comfort of medical staff during surgery and enhances overall staff productivity. Additionally, climate control for proper temperature and humidity is essential for both speed of recovery and overall patient satisfaction.
Pandemic Influenza and Emergency Preparedness – OSHA and CDC studies show that there is not enough isolation rooms for a pandemic or for other surge events in the U.S. Patient rooms, Intensive Care Units and Emergency Departments should be designed to convert to isolation or protective environments as needed.
Profitability – Regulations place a great burden on hospital performance and profitability. Reliable and accurate ventilation equipment can improve regulatory compliance, decrease energy and maintenance costs, and reduce liability costs related to healthcare-associated infections.
Theris valves control air volume and directional airflow in the critical spaces of healthcare facilities, such as isolation rooms, operating rooms, in-hospital pharmacies, and patient rooms designed for pandemic events. Theris meets all national and state healthcare engineering regulatory requirements set forth by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA).