AtmosAir在仲量联行举办的“智能建筑能源峰会”上介绍了保健与健康

2017年4月下旬,建筑业主、能源专家和技术先驱者聚集在华盛顿特区的罗纳德·里根大厦,讨论关于节能建筑的商业和社会动因。

2017年建筑能源峰会为AtmosAir总裁兼首席执行官Steve Levine提供了一次宝贵的机会,在论坛会上,他向建筑业主和管理人员介绍当前市场上见得到的拥有不同动力原理的空气净化器以及各种健康问题解决方案。

Levine先生与美国公共事务总署(GSA)的Denise Funkhouser以及美国普杜大学的Panagiota Karava博士一起,就题为“捍卫工作环境的健康和效率”进行了演讲。

会议详细介绍了室内工作者的需求如何演变,哪些创新型公司正提供多用途的技术解决方案,从而创造更健康、更节能、工作效率更高的办公空间。

会议还详细说明美国公共事务总署(GSA)如何与疾病预防控制中心和纽约市合作开发Fitwel认证,以促进更健康的建设环境,并鼓励建筑业主,设施管理人员和其他人员,将健康指标纳入到建设环境中。

会上还分享了成功案例,并提供了一系列针对基准建筑物、监测实时空气能源使用情况、分析作业数据、提高升级和变更的效率,并整合最新技术大幅降低能源消耗的具体的指导方针。

本活动策划,在仲量联行工作的Darlene Pope说道:“这是技术、能源和房地产行业领导者们为了共同的目标而聚集一堂作出的标志性努力。在同一个屋檐下,峰会将与会者们需要的有关规划和实施节能建筑解决方案的所有资源让大家共享。”

AtmosAir Presents on Health and Wellness at JLL’s Smart Building Energy Summit

In late April 2017, building owners, energy experts, and technology pioneers came together at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC to address the business and social drivers for more energy efficient buildings.

The 2017 Building Energy Summit provided a valuable forum for AtmosAir President and CEO, Steve Levine, to educate building owners and managers on the different dynamic air purification and health and wellness solutions that are available in the marketplace.

Mr. Levine presented alongside Denise Funkhouser of the GSA and Panagiota Karava, Ph.D from Purdue University on the panel titled ‘Championing Health, Wellness, and Efficiency in the Workplace.’

The session detailed how occupant needs have evolved and which innovative companies are providing multi-purpose technology solutions that create healthier, more efficient, and more productive office spaces.

It also detailed how GSA worked with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the City of New York to develop the Fitwel Certification, in order to promote healthier built environments and encourage building owners, facility managers, and others to incorporate healthful features into the built environment.

The Summit shared successful case studies and provided specific guidelines for benchmarking buildings, monitoring real time air energy usage, analyzing operational data, making efficient upgrades and changes, and integrating the latest technologies to significantly cut energy consumption.

“This is a landmark effort of leaders from the technology, energy, and real estate industries coming together for a common goal,” said Darlene Pope of JLL, a producer of the event. “The Summit brings all the resources attendees need for planning and implementing energy efficient building solutions all under one roof.”

医院医学研究生,医学博士Dennis P. Deruelle,强调了AtmosAir在保持医院无菌方面的重要性

当你去医院,无论是为了照顾亲人抑或是自己生病,都不可避免地增加了感染的风险。无论以何种方式暴露在有害细菌的环境中,都会导致轻则普通感冒,重则败血症。

许多医院正在寻求通过尽可能将病房、手术室和等候区作无菌处理来改善患者的整体体验,而这项举措的第一步就是净化院内员工和其他人员呼吸的空气。

Dennis Deruelle博士是IPC Healthcare / TeamHealth医疗服务公司急病服务部的内科医生和国内医疗总监,该公司是美国最大的医疗保健专业人员和综合护理提供者的供应商之一。 Deruelle博士帮助全国各地的医院及其系统在质量、安全性和效率方面做了进一步提升。他是一名全国性的咨询顾问,专攻“平价医疗法案”如何影响以价值为导向的新型全球医疗。

Deruelle博士在加利福尼亚大学旧金山分校完成了医院医学领导专业的研究生课程。Deruelle博士曾是总住院医师,在奥尔巴尼医学院获得医学博士学位后,在位于教堂山的北卡罗来纳大学接受了内科医学培训。他最近出版了一本书,名为“你的医疗保健手册:赢得现代医学的比赛”。

我们和Deruelle博士坐下来探讨有关医院内获得性感染、空气过滤和传染病的更多信息。

  1. 过去5 – 10年,对于医院感染的认知以及针对这方面情况的改善需求都有哪些改变?

Deruelle博士:变化非常惊人。我认为有很多原因,最主要的原因是对于这个特殊问题有相当多的认识。这是个有趣的二分法:意识虽然提高了,然而这一领域的预算却相应减少了。我看到过很多医院因为处理预算削减的问题而最终辞退了重要的员工。因此意识是提高了,但由于医院预算的压力,负责传染病控制的员工却变少了。

总体意识提高的原因主要是由于新闻方面的头条报导,包括关于超级细菌、超级感染和重症加护病房(ICU)的患者由于感染那些连抗生素都无法杀死的细菌后死亡的消息。埃博拉病毒的例子也能说明点问题,在正确理解和处理感染控制程序方面,医院就有很明显的不足。我认为,来自联邦政府和“平价医疗法案”的压力, 以及“按绩效薪酬法”这几方面一起提高了院方的意识。

最后,医院每年死亡人数惊人,这一事实也在提高意识方面发挥了巨大的作用。有许多研究都已纷纷指出,从第一项于1999年发布的“人非圣贤孰能无过”的研究,到最近的一项研究表明,在医院因医疗事故死亡已经成为美国国内的第三大死因。

而那些在医院内死去的患者中,每年有将近10万人是死于医院感染。这些数字在宏观层面上被泄露出来后,导致报纸刊登称,急诊室或手术室因为金黄色葡萄球菌(MRSA)的关系而被关闭。所有这些因素综合在一起的确提高了意识。

  1. 空气质量在改善患者体验、减少感染和最终降低再入院率方面有多大的作用?

Deruelle博士:现如今,患者的感受和体验是重中之重。以患者为中心的护理是医疗保健的未来。通过“平价医疗法案”,联邦政府根据医院间的竞争或其本身的表现,将医院置于亏损或赢利的局面。“再次入院”也是审查标准之一。其二,还有医院的自身条件,其三是通过“医疗机构消费者评价”调查来获取患者的体验。“医疗机构消费者评价”中有一个关于医院清洁度的问题,空气质量应该被考虑进去这一点,我非常认同。如果该医院的传播感染力名列全国前25%,那么将失去1%的医疗保险,第二年,艰难梭菌(C.diff)和金黄色葡萄球菌(MRSA)也将被加入到医院感染的列表中。也就是说空气中的生物含量对医院和患者来说,具有重要的意义。

目前针对那些再入院,会有3%的医疗保险罚款,包括:急性心肌梗塞、肺炎、充血性心力衰竭、髋关节和膝关节(感染/并发症)和慢性阻塞性肺病(COPD)。不是我们对这些特定感染的再入院有罚款,而是由于上述病因入院治疗的病人,将离开医院的时候,被诊断为在住院期间被感染,需再次入院。

住院时间长短也受到患有呼吸系统疾病的患者的影响,并受空气,灰尘或霉菌的颗粒物影响。

综合上述种种原因,空气质量(空气中飘浮的异味,颗粒物,细菌或病毒)可能对患者和医院产生巨大的影响。

  1. AtmosAir在处理这些重要问题上会发挥什么作用?

Deruelle博士:AtmosAir完全可以改善患者的体验,如果[患者]知道他们正在呼吸的空气有经过过滤,离子化和除臭的话,那么这将会是他们喜闻乐见的事情。认识到空气更干净,而且被AtmosAir净化,对医院来说是一件非常好的事情。实验室研究已经表明AtmosAir的技术可以杀死某些病毒和细菌,因此它还被认定能够减少物体表面和空气中的细菌,若真是这样,我相信整体感染率也会下降,不仅如此,某些患有呼吸系统疾病的患者在安装有AtmosAir产品的病房中能得到更好的康复效果。

  1. 医院/医疗中心若在其机构内推广空气净化系统的使用,会有哪些优势?

Deruelle博士:首先,“节能”是这些产品至关重要的一点,这点对任何热衷于绿色建筑的人来说就很重要。其次,室内空气质量对于长期在这些大楼中工作的人来说非常重要。你不会想要呆在任何一栋令你产生不适感的大楼里。我们想要确保大楼拥有良好及高效的通风。 那么安装AtmosAir——无须担心在身处建筑物内时可能影响健康——应被视为一个正确的举措。

一般来说,在讨论患者健康时,减少感染的机会(每年有100,000人死于这些感染)或降低患者延长住院时间的几率,或减少身体关节受感染而需要更换的机会(这可是个大手术),以上这些都是因为使用AtmosAir净化系统而获得的积极效果。所以为什么说,医院让人们知道他们正想方设法来减少感染机会,是件好事儿,以上提及的这些好处就是部分原因。你不会在没有使用多种方式的情况下将感染几率降低为零,我认为这恰好就是AtmosAir发挥水平的地方。他们从一个独特的切入口(空气中和物体表面的生物)解决这个问题,这与医院员工通常针对的方向大相径庭。

  1. 造成金黄色葡萄球菌(MRSA)和葡萄球菌(Staph)感染如此猖獗的主要原因是什么?

Deruelle博士:当人们进入医院时,我们并没有足够的人手负责检查他们是否已被感染,我们也没采取措施去屏蔽感染,而且也并非马上就会受到感染。由于这种种原因,他们对医院的造成的实际影响非常大。这就是为何我认为预算下降这个事情当真对我们造成了伤害。在感染人数方面,医院内受到的感染并不影响医院以外的感染情况。大多数MRSA感染发生在社区医院之外,这也是生物体副作用的结果。我们体内其实有更多MRSA。它对青霉素有抗药性,这就是为什么它被称为MRSA(耐甲氧西林葡萄球菌)。你拥有越多,它就传播的越多。我也认为不适当地过度使用抗生素造就了产生耐药性的生物,这就造成了更多感染的发生。

Dr. Dennis P. Deruelle, M.D., F.H.M, Stresses the Importance of AtmosAir in Keeping Hospitals Bacteria Free

When you go to the hospital, whether it’s caring for a loved one or as an actual patient, you inevitably increase your risk of contracting certain infections.  Any type of exposure to harmful bacteria can lead to illnesses as minor as the common cold to as serious as sepsis.

Many hospitals are looking to better the overall patient experience by keeping hospital rooms, ORs and waiting areas as bacteria free as possible.  This starts by cleaning the air in which employees and inhabitants breathe.                

Dr. Dennis Deruelle is a physician and National Medical Director of Acute Services for IPC Healthcare/TeamHealth, one of the largest suppliers of healthcare professional staff and integrated care providers in the country.  Dr. Deruelle helps hospitals and hospital systems across the country improve their quality, safety, and efficiency. He is a national speaker and consultant with expertise in how the Affordable Care Act affects the new value-based world of healthcare.

Dr. Deruelle completed a fellowship in Hospitalist Medicine Leadership at the University of California at San Francisco. Dr. Deruelle was Chief Resident and did his internal medicine training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after earning his M.D. from Albany Medical College. He recently published a book, ‘Your Healthcare Playbook: Winning the Game of Modern Medicine.’

We sat down with Dr. Deruelle to discuss more about hospital acquired infections, air filtration, and infections.

  1. How has awareness of hospital infections — and the need for improvement in this area — changed over the past 5 – 10 years?

DD: It’s changed dramatically. I think that there are many reasons, the biggest being that there is just a lot more awareness about this particular issue. It’s an interesting dichotomy: As much as awareness has increased, budgets in this area have decreased. I see so many hospitals dealing with budget reductions that leads to important staff getting cut. So, the awareness has increased, but due to the pressure on hospitals budgets, I see less infectious control staff.

The reason why an increase in overall awareness exists is due mainly to the news headlines that the subject garners, including news on super bugs, super infections and deaths in ICU’s from bugs that we cannot kill with any antibiotic. Ebola also had a little to do with it as a flashpoint in terms of understanding infectious control procedures in hospitals where we saw an obvious breakdown. I think that the pressure from the federal government and the Affordable Care Act, along with pay-for-performance has heightened the awareness from hospitals.

Finally, the staggering number of deaths that occur in hospitals every year plays a huge role in raised awareness. There have been many studies that have pointed this out, from the first one, To Err is Human in 1999, to a recent study that said deaths in hospitals from medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

Buried in those numbers are the amount of people that die in hospitals from infections they’ve gotten in hospitals, which is about 100,000 per year. These numbers are leaking out on a macro level, which leads to reporting in the newspapers that an emergency room or operating room has been shut down due to MRSA. The combination of all of these factors has really raised awareness.

  1. How big a role does air quality play in improving the patient experience, reducing infections and ultimately lessening readmissions?

DD: The patient experience is huge nowadays. Patient-centric care is the future of healthcare. Through the Affordable Care Act, the federal government placed hospitals in a position of losing money or winning money based on performance against other hospitals… or themselves. Readmissions is one performance area that’s reviewed. Another is hospital-acquired conditions, and the third is patient experience using the HCAHPS survey. The HCAHPS includes a question about the cleanliness of the hospital, and I do think air quality can play into that component. If you’re in the top 25 percent of the country in the spreading of infections, then you’re losing 1 percent of Medicare, and next year C.diff and MRSA are going to be added to those infections that are dinging hospitals. This is certainly one area where having organisms in the air is playing directly into an area that’s important to hospitals and patients.

Readmissions now come with a 3 percent Medicare penalty on certain diagnoses: Acute myocardial infarction, pneumonia, congestive heart failure, hips and knee joints (infections/complications) and COPD. So it’s not that we have specific readmission penalties for infections, but some patients that go in and have those diagnoses will leave the hospital and get readmitted with an infection gotten when they were in the hospital.

Hospital stay length is also affected by patients that have existing respiratory diseases, and are affected by particulate matter in the air, dust or mold.

For all of these reasons, air quality (the odor, particulate matter, bacteria or viruses that are floating in the air) can have a huge impact on patients and hospitals.

  1. What role can AtmosAir play in dealing with these important issues?

DD: AtmosAir can certainly improve the patient experience, and if [patients] knew that the air they were breathing was being filtered, ionized and deodorized, it would be information they’d certainly enjoy being made aware of. Having the sensation that the air is cleaner, and that it’s being cleaned by AtmosAir, would be a very good thing for a hospital. It’s been shown in the lab that AtmosAir’s technology kills certain viruses and bacteria, and because of that, it’s believed that it will reduce bacteria on surfaces and in the air. If that takes place, I believe that it will provide a decrease in overall infections. It’s also true that certain patients with respiratory disorders will do better in rooms that use AtmosAir products.

  1. What kind of advantages can hospitals/medical centers take advantage of by promoting the use of clean-air systems in their institutions?

DD: The overarching point is that these products are energy efficient, so it’s important to anyone interested in having a green building. Secondly, indoor air quality is important for the people who work long hours in these buildings. You don’t want to have any version of a sick building. We want to make sure that the ventilation is good and efficient. Just having AtmosAir alone — forgetting the healthcare aspect of it being in the building — should be seen as a positive.

In general, when discussing patient health, reducing the chance of getting an infection — and 100,000 people die from these infections annually — or of patients having a prolonged hospital stay, or of them getting an infection in a joint that might need to be replaced —which is a major operation — would be positive results of using AtmosAir. These are just a few reasons why it would bode well for a hospital to let people know that they’re using these modalities to help reduce infections. You’re not going to get infections down to zero without using many, many modalities, and I think that’s where AtmosAir fits in. They attack the problem from a unique spot [airborne and surface organisms], which is a different angle than the hospital staff attacks from.

  1. What has been the primary cause of infections like MRSA and Staph becoming so rampant?

DD: When people come in the hospital, we don’t have as many people checking them to see if they have some of these infections. We’re not screening as well and not picking up infections soon enough. Because of those things, they’re having a bigger impact on the actual hospitals. That’s where I think the budget decreases are really hurting us. In terms of the numbers of infections, what happens inside the hospitals doesn’t affect what happens outside of the hospitals. Most of the infections with MRSA occur outside the hospitals within the community, and that’s a byproduct of the organism. We have a lot more of it. It’s resistant to the penicillins, which is why it’s called MRSA [Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aurea]. The more you have of it, the more it’s going to spread. I also think the inappropriate overuse of antibiotics is creating organisms that are resistant, and that is driving more cases.

环保亮了:AtmosAir登上《纽约邮报》热点报道

AtmosAir于2017年4月25日在纽约邮报上发表的一篇专题文章,恰好应验了最近开发商们热衷于探讨的话题。编辑Lois Weiss指出:“现如今许多城市的市政府都要求能源审计和年度能源消耗基准,” 这使得“可持续性”成为社会机构投资者们眼中的重中之重。

许多纽约市的物业也为了其楼内住户考虑而重点关注室内空气质量。塔四十五大楼(西45街120 号)花费2000万美元进行改造,包括其可持续发展计划中的AtmosAir系统。总裁兼首席执行官Steve Levine解释了AtmosAir双极离子系统的运行如何有助于消除各类细菌以及病毒。

阅读刊登在“纽约邮报”的全文报道,请点击——这里

 

Green Lights: AtmosAir featured in the New York Post

The hot topic on every developers’ mind as of late, was confirmed by AtmosAir’s feature in the New York Post on April 25th, 2017.  Editor, Lois Weiss noted, ‘Many municipalities now require energy audits and yearly benchmarking of energy use,’ making sustainability a major priority in the eyes of institutional investors.’

Numerous New York City properties are also prioritizing Indoor Air Quality as a major focus for their inhabitants.  Tower 45’s (120 W. 45th St) $20 million makeover includes an AtmosAir system in their sustainability program.  President and CEO, Steve Levine, explains how AtmosAir has helped to eradicate bacteria, virus, and germs by using bi polar ionization systems.

To read the full article in The New York Post click – HERE.