|Test Requested||Staphylococcus epidermidis Removal|
|Sample Description||Air Sniper Pro air cleaners|
|Number of Samples||3|
|Date of Receipt||18 August 2016|
|Report Date||09 January 2017|
The purpose of this study is to determine the performance of the Air Sniper air cleaner in removing airborne Staphylococcus epidermidis from a 28.5 m3 environmental testing chamber.
Following discussions between Alpine Innovative Research (AIR) and airmid healthgroup it was agreed that testing would be performed on the Air Sniper Pro air cleaner to study the effect of the air cleaner on S. epidermidis. Testing was performed in airmid healthgroup’s environmental test chambers.
A/C: air cleaner
CFU/m3: colony forming units per cubic meter (in this report, the level of airborne bacteria)
CFU: colony forming units
N/A: Not applicable
Three Air Sniper Pro air cleaners were received in airmid healthgroup on August 18th 2016 for testing in the environmental testing chamber.
5.1. Environmental Testing Chamber
The ATSM Environmental Testing Chamber maintains selected temperature and humidity levels over a range of 0.38 to 30.0 air changes per hour. It is constructed from stainless steel with all materials complying with low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) emission requirements.
5.2. Staphylococcus epidermidis
Staphylococcus epidermidis is a gram-positive bacterium, which is part of our natural flora. S. epidermidis is an opportunistic pathogen and is one of the leading causes of nosocomial infections.
The environmental chamber was preconditioned to a temperature of 21 °C and a relative humidity of 50 %. The chamber was then shut down to allow for no air changes to occur during testing. S. epidermidis was nebulised into the chamber and allowed to mix over a 20-minute period.
Airborne samples were taken immediately after nebulisation to determine the initial concentration. For the test runs, the air cleaner was operated at the highest fan speed for a 65-minute period at T = 0, with airborne sampling occurring at T = 15 – 20, T = 30 – 35, T= 45 – 55, T = 60 – 65. For the control runs the same sampling time points were used except in the absence of the Air Sniper Pro. At the end of each run, the samples were incubated at 36.5 °C for 48 hours. The environmental chamber was vented with HEPA filtered air and sterilised with a UV-C lamp, and washed with a disinfectant before the next run.
After 48 hours, the samples were removed from the incubator and analysed to determine number of CFU/m3.
The test and control runs were performed in triplicate.
Three air samples were taken during each of the sampling time points. The test and controls were performed in triplicate runs. Table 7.1 below is the average results of the triplicate samples taken at each time point and the triplicate test and control runs.
Table 7.1 and figure 7.1 represent the average number of S. epidermidis CFUs per cubic meter of air during the triplicate test and control runs. During the last sampling point (T = 60 – 65) of the control runs, the average concentration of S. epidermidis was 3614 cfu/m3 compared to an average concentration of 3 cfu/m3 in the test runs. This results in an average reduction of 99.9 % when the air cleaner is operating.
The results presented in this report demonstrate that the Air Sniper Pro operating at the highest fan speed can remove 99.9 % of Staphylococcus Epidermidis from an environmental testing chamber within 60 – 65 minutes.
END OF REPORT