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In a study, Mittal et al. demonstrate that under normal conditions of use of a filter (controlled air velocity, temperature and humidity) sensitive organisms (S. epidermidis, E. coli, B. diminuta) can survive on a filter for between 2 and 6 days. Resistant organisms such as B. atrophaeus, MS-2 coliphage or A. brasiliensis can survive even longer. Based on this finding and a large number of other studies, and practical experiences from the corona year 2020, researchers made non-thermal catalysis ready for market as a replacement for the HEPA filter.
The white paper explains which studies the development is based on, as well as the technical efficiency of non-thermal catalysis in the most exacting environments such as clean rooms.
(Survival of Microorganisms on HEPA Filters. Himanshu Mittal, Simon R. Parks, Thomas Pottage, James T. Walker, Allan M. Bennett. Applied Biosafety Vol. 16, No. 3, 2011.)
Researchers found out that it is wrong to assume that standard filtration – even with high efficiency – are effective enough to protect against microbiological contamination of air, for example, in operating theatres. At the same time, they establish that pure particle measurement is not sufficient for evaluation of airborne biocontamination. Instead, studies allowed the conclusion that microbiological measurement remains the best method for evaluation the air quality in operating theatres. The paper provides a summary of current research status with its focus on clinic operation.