By Daniel Webster, dWeb.News Publisher
CARY, N.C., Sept. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Generations Family Practice (GFP), a high-quality primary care clinic in Cary managed by Cary Medical Management (CMM), furthered its effort to reduce the risk of coronavirus infections at its clinic by implementing Air Disinfection Biosecurity (ADB) technology as part of its multi-pronged cleaning and filtration protocols to protect against coronavirus exposure.
The recent lessons of COVID-19, the surge of the Delta variant and the potential of other variants coming to Wake County, made it increasingly clear from a duty-of-care perspective that medical providers, in particular, must invest in proactive solutions to protect their patients, staff and front-line workers in the fight against the coronavirus.
A 2020 study from a hospital setting shows that the highest concentration of live COVID-19 virus was on the floor where COVID patients were treated, which is consistent with a recent human exhale trajectory study published by JAMA. The areas with the highest levels of live virus were those that had been touched by patients. These areas were followed by those near air conditioners.
This data guided GFP’s actions to further its safety measures, including:
- Reserving six exam rooms for suspected coronavirus patients to be treated, in order to reduce contact and airborne transmission to others.
- Providing continuous floor-unit UVC filtration systems in all exam rooms, which channels air through a small chamber with UV light for sanitation after HEPA filtering. This is for larger drops of human exhaust near the floor.
- Medical-facility grade electrostatic sprayers, commonly used in ambulances and hospitals to spray safe disinfectants to treat surfaces after high-risk patients leave the exam room.
- Implement an Air Disinfection Biosecurity (ADB) technology system. GFP is among the first practices in Wake County to deploy ADB technology, which continuously cleans the air and surfaces to protect patients against COVID-19 exposure.
“We want to make sure our spaces are safe spaces,” says Jonathan Fowler, Vice President of Operations at Cary Medical Management. “ADB lowers the facility’s bioload. “
Implementing ADB technology puts GFP at the forefront of innovation. The clinic has installed multiple units in its ductwork throughout high-risk areas at a unit cost of about $10,000. Cary Medical Management, who manages GFP, is funding this project and making implementation possible.
ADB technology is offered by PathogenFocus, Triangle Lighting Solutions and provides rapid reductions in bacteria, molds, and viruses using an advanced microbe mitigation process. GFP has two test units installed near its COVID exam rooms. The clinic’s bio-load is monitored by an independent laboratory using bio-markers of a similar size to the human exhaust that contains the coronavirus. Results found that the airborne bio-load was reduced by 80 and 86 percent in two different zones, and surface bio-load in these two zones was reduced by 87 and 91 percent.
” We don’t want cracks in the protections,” Dr. Siu Tng ,, who is also the founder and CEO of CMM, says. He holds a PhD in aeronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT ), and has a strong background in aerodynamics. It is crucial to catch and sanitize coronavirus in its concentrated areas. This requires multiple safety measures, including the use of high-quality PPE and the use of safety equipment near the floor and surface areas. GFP has invested in multi-pronged solutions to ensure a high level of air quality safety for its staff and patients, while maintaining a near-normal occupancy.
About Generations Family Practice
Generations Family Practice, P.A., was established in 2005 in Cary, NC, which has grown from a two-person medical practice to the Patient-Centered Medical Home that it is today. Generations Family Practice provides comprehensive primary care from Well-Baby to Geriatrics and everything in between. They are ranked among the top three regional family clinics and offer the best quality care during the day, at night, and on weekends. https://www.generationsfamilypractice.com/
About Cary Medical Management
Established in 2019, Cary Medical Management was created by a group of experienced clinic operators, physicians, and executives of leading healthcare technology companies with a vision to drive home the “trillion-dollar transformation to value-based-care” promised by the Affordable Care Act. CMM’s role in ensuring that their portfolio clinics thrive in the new era is to use their healthcare experience and financial backing. https://carymso.com/
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