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Disinfection Update - August 2020

Virtual ASHRAE 2020 Summer Meeting

Highlights of the Technical Committee Meeting TC2.9 UVC for Air and Surface Disinfection

ASHRAEAmerican Ultraviolet's Pillar One of the "Four Pillars of UVC Disinfection for Healthcare" is the Upper Air disinfection unit. These units provide a UVC blanket of protection over waiting rooms, conference rooms, exam rooms, patient in-take areas, common areas, and other "flashpoints" where infected hosts can spread the contamination. This style of fixture is designed to be safely used while occupants are in rooms, or in areas of congregation. The installation is at a minimum height of 7 ½ feet off of the floor, and the UVC lamps are shielded to direct the UVC energy upward and outward, creating a high intensity UVC zone in the upper portion of the room, while minimizing UVC levels in occupied spaces. These fixtures are designed to inactivate airborne microorganisms as air currents move them into the path of the UVC energy.

History has taught us that common areas where people gather and disperse, whether inside or outside a facility, have proven to be areas where disease can quickly transmit. The 1918 influenza pandemic, which was caused by an H1N1 virus with genes of avian origin, was the most severe pandemic in recent history.

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None of the American Ultraviolet UVC products detailed above are certified, or approved under any applicable laws, as a medical device, and as such, American Ultraviolet, and its Representatives and Distributors, do not currently intend for them to be used as medical devices anywhere globally. Products have not been evaluated by the FDA.