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January 31, 2018
Re-Thinking HAI Prevention

We’ve learned a lot in recent years about the interaction of patients and staff with the physical environment. Invisible bacteria, viruses and fungi travel like swirling snowflakes through the air landing and accumulating on surfaces 24/7. Clean looking hospital surfaces typically measure 100 CFU/cm2 or more of bacterial contamination. At this level, there is a 40% chance bacteria will be transferred to hands or clothing with every touch and clinical staff touch an average of 15 objects with each patient visit. At 5 patient visits per hour, it’s no wonder 80% of disease transmission in hospital is by touch. The patient’s biome is in equilibrium with the room biome which is constantly being seeded by staff, visitors and other patients. Knowing this, we continue to disinfect the patient room just once a day as we have since the 1800s. But does this make sense? Our hands are in equilibrium with the environment. We wouldn’t wash our hands once a day, why would we only disinfect the room once a day? New technology such as smart, automated, built-in UV systems can safely disinfect a room 10, 20, 30 times or more a day. Copper coated high-touch surfaces can virtually ‘melt the snowflakes’ on contact maintaining a level of 1 – 2 CFU/cm2. At that level, the risk of bacterial transfer drops from 40% to 1/1,000,000. These are some of the concepts behind Engineered Infection Prevention, named a 2017 Top 10 World Patient Safety Innovation by the Patient Safety Movement.

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Invisible bacteria, viruses and fungi travel like swirling snowflakes

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Class 1 is featured in yet another article as a "...company focused on ( infection prevention) solutions that do not require chemicals or human involvement to be effective..."

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Humber Washroom DissinfectionClass 1 Inc. is pleased to announce that Humber River Hospital, the world’s first all-digital hospital, is deploying new state-of-the-art AutoUV disinfection technology in the redevelopment of the Finch Site as part of the Ontario Ministry of Health’s initiative to open 2,000 new beds to meet the expected surge in demand during this year’s flu season.



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UV Dis-infectionOnly a few years ago, no one ever heard of automated room disinfection. In a short time, room-disinfection systems have proved to be so efficient in thwarting hospital-acquired infection (HAI) that now the problem is not to figure out whether you need it but how to choose the right system for your medical facility.



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Andrea Horvath at Class 1On Thursday June 8th, 2017 MPP, Leader of the NDP Andrea Horwath and MPP Kitchener-Waterloo Catherine Fife stopped by the Class 1 Inc. headquarters in Cambridge, ON to check out the latest healthcare innovation, Engineered Infection Prevention.



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Barry Hunt Class 1 IncOn April 17, 2016 Class 1 President and CEO, Barry Hunt, was featured on Scully: The World Show running on more than 200 stations across America (broadcast in the Toronto market on WNED Buffalo). SHOWScully: The World Show is a Canadian talk show hosted by Robert Scully, who has interviewed some of the world’s most prominent and famous personalities.



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Patient Safety AnnouncemntClass 1 Inc., is in one of the top ten spots for winning the Patient Safety Innovation Award by the Patient Safety Movement. In order to be a part of the ranking you must have an innovation that will help reach a goal of ZERO preventable deaths by 2020.



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UV DisinfectionOn October 31, 2016 an article written by CEO and Class 1 President, Barry Hunt, was published in the Fall Journal of Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society. This article called, "Seeing The Light: UVC light engineer’s weapon in battle against superbugs", addresses the significant reduction in bioburden when patient rooms were disinfected with mobile ultraviolet C (UVC) light devices operated by environmental services at terminal discharge.



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