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Using the latest technical innovations ensures both cost savings and optimal theatre use. Our up-to-date equipment will reduce sampling time, resulting in less theatre down-time and shorter periods for theatres/cleanrooms to remain unoccupied. Because more samples are taken in shorter timespans, staffing efficiency is also increased.
To keep our innovative edge and reduce sampling time, AirisQ has just invested in the following equipment which would be dedicated to your business, available for use 24/7, either for routine scheduled visits or emergency responsive call-outs:
- The latest twin-headed microbiological air samplers, with 80% increase in flow rate over older units.
- New laser particle counters. In addition to shorter sampling time, these new PCs have in-built printers which instantly print results to a fully compliant standard, so cleanroom classifications or filter integrity results can be reported immediately. Any non-conformity found can be acted on promptly by the Customer. These PCs are also used under UCV canopies to detect leakage from HEPA filters and a cleanroom standard can be issued for each canopy. Any failures detected may prevent serious infections caused by filter failure. Unnecessary expensive HEPA filter change and DOP testing which can have an effect on the HEPA filter would be prevented. All these features reduce costs by saving time, adding to patient safety.
Information Reporting /Administrative Support
At AirisQ results and measurement reporting formats are constantly under review to improve quality and speed of information dissemination.
We will be able to transmit key verification parameters instantly via a smart phone with our developed system of data entry directly onto theatre layout schematics, whilst simultaneously taking measurements. The schematic will give air change rate, pressure differentials, direction of airflow and individual diffuser air volumes. Such instant data transmission means that the customer can implement immediate adjustments needed to ensure a safer and compliant environment. Patient risk will thus be minimised because the Customer can improve the provision of critical life care, whilst also saving money by preventing time-consuming and expensive theatre shutdowns.
- Our planned recruitment for additional service administrative support will mean our surveyors have a more efficient balance of site versus report time.
- Innovations have been made with our UKAS-accredited independent laboratory service. We have developed the provision of on-demand, early/daily read service. Results can be communicated within 24 hours, so IPC can make faster decisions/risk analysis.
Upgraded and improved drawing software enables much clearer presentation of results using schematic layouts of ventilated spaces with all key performance verification measurements displayed on a single page. This provides improved efficiency for the customer when reviewing the results for compliance and patient safety.
All on-site technicians have smart phone and notebook PCs, aiding the recording of data, for speed of data compliance interpretation and information dissemination.
To keep overheads low and costs down for the customer, we normally lodge our site staff close to the sites where they are working. This adds further value to our services because we know that locating our dedicated teams near each site means increased efficiency and lower costs, travel time being reduced. Additional benefits are improved staff welfare and safety, as tiredness is minimised, stress reduced and the amount of site time available to complete the services maximised. Our staff also benefit from being able to complete work in a shorter timeframe, offering a better work/life balance. Our hotel base will provide full access to our company servers via high speed Wi-Fi/4 g ensuring efficient sharing and a good flow of data/results.
The risk assessment made before a system inspection brings savings through efficient management and focus of surveying time to either ducting or AHU, or both. Careful pre-planning by grouping and batching of systems/buildings allows for optimum time-saving. Dedicated teams would also work more safely in pairs, providing more efficient coverage for tasks required. Our regular visits would provide opportunity for additional/secondary reporting. Since every visit is risk assessment-based, any non-conformities seen can be reported to the Customer, immaterial of purpose of visit.
One AirisQ innovation is to have our staff’s training requirements assessed independently by an outside auditor who is an Authorising Engineer (V). Thus our training policy and ability to carry out the Competent Person and Authorised Person roles as set out in HTM 03-01 remains robust. A significant amount of our training is mentor-based and task-driven, with skill assessments carried out by our AE (V) auditor. The directors assess this information to plan and formalise an individual’s training needs, whether that be an outsourced course, in-house training or other. This provides more focus to real site conditions, meeting more precisely the needs of the customer, which in turn provides efficiencies.