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Texas Hospital Association announces partnership with IVP

Texas Hospitals Magazine

 

Helping hospitals create a cleaner, safer world.

Written by Amy Rios and Emily A. Cheslock

The Texas Hospital Association’s Center for Technology Innovation (CTI) works on behalf of all Texas hospitals as a reliable, unbiased source for experts, information and solutions to serve hospital leaders across the state. From its inception, CTI was created as the answer to a dramatic shift in the health care industry. Technology has grown from a secondary priority to a core component in almost every aspect of operating a successful hospital.

 

With the threat of a global pandemic at the forefront of public health officials’ minds, hospitals and health care providers are exploring new technologies that protect the health of their patients, staff and communities – starting with the air they breathe.

 

Preventing the airborne transmission of acute respiratory viruses is now a primary concern for hospitals, and novel viruses require novel technologies to provide clean air. CTI is proud to partner with IVP, a new leader in air purification.

 

“[IVP’s] technology immediately caught our attention, and we began the process of forging a partnership to bring our members this one-of-a-kind technology. We want our hospitals to be safe for patients, their families and health care heroes. This breakthrough technology keeps the air we breathe safe, and we are proud to offer it to our members,” said Fernando Martinez, Ph.D., THA’s chief strategy officer, during a press conference hosted at the Texas Capitol.

 

Integrated Viral Protection in Texas Hospitals

Hospitals expend significant time and resources on mitigating airborne contamination and hospital-acquired infections, and the COVID-19 pandemic underscored the outstanding need for enhanced air filtration. While there are many air purification devices on the market, IVP’s Biodefense Indoor Air Protection System™ is the only device proven to destroy airborne SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 (99.999%) instantaneously, in a single pass.

 

IVP uses an FDA-approved heated filter technology deployed in multiple mobile units of various sizes or installed into existing HVAC systems. Other technologies like HEPA, UV, PECO or oxidative technologies require more extensive exposure time in order to be effective, which causes greater risk when circulating air.

 

“We are very fortunate to have 20 of the IVP units in our hospital. We decided to put them in the areas with the most visitors, patients and contact. There’s been a lot of great response from our staff and our patients and visitors,” said Kim Bassett, president of St. Joseph Medical Center in Houston.

 

IVP’s systems are user friendly, sleek and portable, quiet and ozone free. Hospitals interested in learning more about IVP can visit www.tha.org/IVP or contact the Alex Huff, THA’s vice president of health technology, at ahuff@tha.org.

 

Source:  https://www.tha.org/TexasHospitalsMagazine/SeptOct2021/Introducing-IVP-Integrated-Viral-Protection

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Conroe ISD adds air cleaners to COVID mitigation strategy

NEWS | THE WOODLANDS NEWS

Jamie Swinnerton, Staff writer

Sep. 22, 2021Updated: Sep. 22, 2021 2:11 p.m.

As Conroe ISD continues to follow Gov. Greg Abbott’s order against mask mandates, the district is investing in a new COVID mitigation strategy by purchasing air purifiers that claim to kill the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease.

 

At the Tuesday meeting of the CISD board of trustees, the board unanimously voted in favor of purchasing Biodefense Indoor Air Protection systems for an expenditure not to exceed $1.7 million. Trustee Ray Sanders who was not in attendance.

 

“Medical Air Devices (a Hunton Group Company doing business as Integrated Viral Protection Solutions, LLC.), is the provider of Biodefense Indoor Air Protection systems that instantaneously kills COVID-19 and other airborne pathogens,” according to the resolution passed Tuesday night. “Instead of trapping viruses and other pathogens in filters as an air purifier, the IVP system uses a heated filter using a metal mesh foam to “catch and kill” viruses of all species, along with other air pollutants, such as allergens and mold.”

 

In his presentation, CISD Director of Purchasing Rick Reeves told the board that the devices are also effective against other airborne pathogens including influenza, anthrax, strep, and chickenpox. The devices come in three sizes. The largest device is a venue unit, Reeves said, and can circulate up to 30,000 cubic feet over three to five times an hour, which could be used in spaces like cafeterias and gyms. Room units can be used in classrooms and can circulate up to 2,000 square feet.

 

The devices are already being used in nearby medical centers, the Texas Education Agency, and several districts across the state including Galveston ISD and Houston ISD. More devices can be in use at the district in about two weeks.

 

“This information first came to us through my conversations with the commissioner,” Superintendent Curtis Null said about TEA Commissioner Mike Morath. “So, the commissioner called me personally and knew what we were dealing with about a month ago, and called me personally and said ‘This is a new technology that I’ve seen, we’ve seen it working in other places. We feel that you all should look into it.’”

 

The district has already tested a few of the devices across campus to get a better idea of how they might affect the campus, students, and staff. The devices come with a lifetime warranty and the filters are good for two years. The $1.7 million not-to-exceed amount would cover a full-scale implementation across the entire district, but Null told the board that’s not what he would expect the district would start with.

 

“We’d start out with some pilots to try it out and make sure that we’re satisfied with what it is, and then we can ramp up to the full-scale,” Null said. “Full-scale would mean potentially a large unit for every campus to be placed in the commons or cafeteria, and then a number of the smaller units to be placed in high-traffic areas.”

 

Units could be deployed as necessary where the district is finding breakout cases of COVID, the flu, or other airborne diseases.

 

The funds for the purchase would come from the General or Special Revenue Funds according to the resolution, but Null noted that the district would also be pursuing grant opportunities to fund this initiative as well. Other districts have used federal COVID-relief funds to purchase the air filters as well.

 

“We do see the benefit well beyond COVID, though,” Null told the board. “You bring 1,000 kids, or 4,000 high school kids into a building, at any point they can become germ factories. So, even when we get past this, still I think has a benefit of making a healthier environment for our children and our teachers and we think that’s important.”

 

Garrett Peel, co-founder of IVP, told the trustees at the meeting that the machines are not a replacement for masks and CDC guidance, but adds another layer of protection against air-born particles that can cause disease.

 

“But also focuses on disinfecting the air that we breathe and elevating the science of air biology and protecting the air streams for our children and teachers and staff,” Peel said.

 

Anecdotal data from other districts, Peel and Null noted, showed improvement of COVID numbers across the campuses using the devices but the technology has been peer-reviewed. More information about the devices can be found at www.ivpair.com.

 

jamie.swinnerton@chron.com

 

Source:  https://www.yourconroenews.com/neighborhood/woodlands/news/article/Conroe-ISD-adds-air-cleaners-to-COVID-mitigation-16479657.php

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More Texas K-12 School Districts Turn to Award Winning Biodefense Air Filter to Protect Air Streams Against COVID-19 Variants and Future Airborne Threats

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Sep 28, 2021, 10:12 ET

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY DATA FROM SLIDELL AND GALVESTON ISDs SHOW IVP HELPS STOP INFECTION RATES AND KEEP SCHOOLS OPEN

 

Conroe ISD, San Angelo ISD, Ricardo ISD, San Diego ISD, and Episcopal High School (Houston, TX) join Forth Worth ISD, Hogg ISD, Comal ISD, Banquette ISD, Houston ISD, Galveston ISD and Slidell ISD to install IVP’s “Catch and Kill” ™ Technology

 

HOUSTONSept. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ – September 28, 2021 – Houston-based Integrated Viral Protection (IVP), announced more examples of installations across the US and in COVID-19 hot spots across schools in Texas. Some of the worst hit school districts, like Conroe ISD, now have Board approval to install the IVP units as an additional layer of protection to help teachers, students and staff breathe with confidence.

 

“IVP’s proprietary technology is the only proven airborne solution shown in multiple research studies to effectively ‘catch and kill’ actual SARS-CoV-2 and other sub-micron airborne viruses and spores instantaneously in a single pass, without significantly impacting the ambient air temperature,” says Dr. Garrett Peel, IVP’s executive principal, “IVP’s technology is far above air purifiers and HVAC filters currently on the market that do not have the science, nor results to compete with IVP’s research showing sub-second destruction of sub-micron organism, including COVID-19 variants and larger organisms such as strep, influenza and RSV.” (See IVP’s innovative technology for classrooms here, and our recent event at the Texas State Capitol here.)

 

“This game-changing biotech offers an additional safeguard to the vaccine as an enhancement of indoor safety and wellness, with an upgrade to current HVAC filters that lack the science to kill airborne viruses,” commented, Dr. Kenneth Thorpe, Robert W. Woodruff Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy & Management, in the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory UniversityAtlanta, Georgia.  “The vaccine does not prevent transmission of the disease from those that have immune protection to those that are unvaccinated, and there are still over 40 million Americans still without a vaccine.  IVP is the technology that offers a security by helping disinfect the air immediately and reducing transmission overall.  We need to have this technology as a key public health policy nation-wide.”

 

“The time is now,” says Monzer Hourani, Chairman and founder of IVP.  “We must be on the offense, no longer on the defense when it comes to COVID-19 and future threats.  We need to look to proven solutions other than the vaccine, that are based on science to help protect us.  We need bold leadership from our elected officials.  I applaud the school boards of Conroe ISD, San Angelo ISD, Ricardo ISD, San Diego ISD, and Episcopal High School for their recent decision and long-term investment in air quality and safety.”

 

“As the first school district installed with IVP technology in August 2020, our campuses have had no closures, nor contact tracings of any COVID-19 cases.  We face fewer education gaps, than other Texas ISDs who have faced challenges in staying open.  We are happy to report Slidell ISD is at the bottom of the list for reported COVID-19 infections, making our classrooms some of the safest in Texas, which we attribute significantly to IVP, said Superintendent Taylor Williams.  “We are proud to partner with IVP in keeping our air streams free of COVID-19 and other infections.  We have actually seen lower rates in seasonal flu, allergies and missed school days as well, since IVP was installed to protect our classrooms.”

 

Galveston ISD was also one of the first ISDs that chose to deploy over 100 units across their campuses in late 2020, and now the Texas Education Agency (TEA) reports the District with no student cases in 2021, putting them, like Slidell ISD, at the bottom of the list of schools with COVID-19 reported cases. 

 

“We had no reports of COVID-19 at our campuses since IVP was installed for the past ten months, and no spread that was detected at the campus level.  IVP is something the schools can use to help reduce risk of airborne infections, not just COVID-19.  Other purifiers do not offer the same level of science nor real-world results as IVP,” said Kelli Moulton, former Galveston ISD superintendent, and now Executive Superintendent for the Texas Association of School Administrators.

 

IVP has been installed since 2020 to private pre K-12 schools across the US, including True North Charter Schools in Miami, Florida.  Recently the IVP devices were purchased by Episcopal High School, ranked #1 Best Christian High School in Houston, by NICHE: “We are in our third school year that COVID-19 has affected.  We feel it is our duty to our students and the community to stand out in the fight against the virus.  That is why Episcopal High School decided to install the IVP machines.  The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff are of the utmost importance,” commented Ned Smith, head of School at Episcopal High School.

 

From day cares to higher education campuses across the US have purchased IVP to include St. Paul CDC in San Antonio, Texas, West Point Military Academy, Texas State UniversityTexas A&M UniversityUniversity of Houston and University Texas Medical Branch: “Our center was closed several times for high infection rates among, in particular teachers.  Since the IVP filters were installed, there have been no contact tracing of any kind to any classroom, nor closures related to COVID-19.  School should move heaven and earth to get this technology placed in their classrooms immediately so that we can truly help safeguard our learning environments,” Deborah Stephenson, Executive Director, St. Paul Lutheran CDC, San Antonio, Texas.

 

About IVP

Over 100 US healthcare facilities have IVP technology on their campuses including: University Hospital System (Bexar County, Texas), Methodist Hospital (Texas Medical Center), Steward Healthcare, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Medical Properties Trust, Omega (nursing homes), MD Anderson Cancer Center, Graystone Communities (the largest senior living community operator in the US), Post Acute Medical campuses across the US, including their COVID-19 areas, and NeuroPsychiatric Hospitals nationwide.  IVP is partnered with the Texas Hospital Association to help deliver scientifically proven technologies to enhance the safety of indoor air quality for patients, families and healthcare team members.

 

IVP has been installed into the George R. Brown Convention Center (Houston, TX), University of Houston’s Moores School of Music and Opera House and to the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts (Houston, TX).  The hospitality industry has embraced the technology with deployments to Canyon Ranch Spa (the world’s largest) at the Palazzo and Venetian Casino Resorts in Las Vegas, NV, the InterContinental Houston Hotel Medical Center, as well as Hilton Hotel Corporate Headquarters in McLean, VA, and other Hilton Hotel flagships including the Hilton Tysons Corner Hotel and select Rosewood Hotels to name a few. 

 

IVP has helped reopen entertainment venues, businesses and restaurants across the US, including the Hunton Group HQ, the American Airlines Integrated Operations Center, municipality offices to include Baytown, Texas and its courthouse and city offices, and to the Wayne County prison system, serving the most populous county in the state of Michigan.  The State of Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas Department of Emergency Management has also purchased the IVP biotechnology for high-risk service and healthcare areas across the state.

 

IVP mobile units and HVAC filters were awarded by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers as a top technology for the fight against COVID-19.  Engineering News-Record named IVP’s technology Newsmaker of the Year for 2020, and its inventor, Monzer Hourani, as its Award of Excellence recipient for 2021 (Engineer of the Year).  The technology is also approved for emergency use by the US Federal Drug Administration during COVID-19 and meets ASHRAE and ISO standards for air quality and filtration.  IVP’s Biodefense Indoor Air Protection System™ is the only proven technology shown to “Catch and Kill”™ actual SARS-CoV-2 (99.999%) and anthrax spores (99.98%), instantaneously, with a single-pass.   Independent research was led by the Texas Center for SuperConductivity at the University of Houston, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, UTMB’s Galveston National Laboratory and peer reviewed with publication by scientists at Argonne National Laboratory and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), www.ivpair.com.

 

Source:  https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/more-texas-k-12-school-districts-turn-to-award-winning-biodefense-air-filter-to-protect-air-streams-against-covid-19-variants-and-future-airborne-threats-301386813.html 

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San Angelo ISD installs ‘bio-defense system’ to combat COVID-19 at middle school

Alana Edgin | San Angelo Standard-Times
Originally published Sept. 13, 2021

SAN ANGELO — San Angelo ISD announced its latest measure to slow COVID-19.

SAN ANGELO — San Angelo ISD announced its latest measure to slow COVID-19, a “biodefense system” that works like an air purifier, according to a district news release.

 

Last week, Glenn Middle School received an Integrated Viral Protection Unit, touted as a “COVID killer,” according to the release. The unit is FDA-approved and works to “eliminate the airborne transmission of SARS-coV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.”

 

The system uses a heated filter and a “metal mesh foam to ‘catch and kill’ viruses” and pollutants, according to ivpair.com. The company said it kills the virus in the first pass and is 99.99% effective. The device was recognized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Engineering and awarded the Engineering News Records 2020 Newsmaker of the year.

 

Related:  What we know about COVID-19 cases in San Angelo area schools for 2021-2022 school year

 

“SAISD remains evidence-informed in our approach to monitoring and mitigating the spread of COVID-19,” the release stated. “The IVP unit is a proactive step and one more mitigation measure by the District to support the overall health and wellness of our students and the San Angelo community.”

 

The release states SAISD is the first district in West Texas to install a unit, and plans to install more.

 

The release did not say how much the district spent on the IVP unit, or how much the plan for additional units will cost. The Standard-Times sent an email to the district requesting more information but has received no response as of noon, Monday, Sept. 13, 2021.

 

Alana Edgin is a journalist covering Crime and Courts in West Texas. Send her a news tip at aedgin@gannett.com.

 

Source: https://www.gosanangelo.com/story/news/2021/09/13/san-angelo-isd-middle-school-installs-covid-19-mitigation-measure/8319142002/

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Cutting-Edge Technology Brings Providers into the 21st Century

CORPORATE PARTNERS | JUNE 08, 2021 | BY EMILY KLAUS, DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS | GREYSTONE

Providers are exploring progressive technology that enhances resident and staff health and safety.

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In the last 15 months, it has become crystal clear that technology—and its adoption, increased utilization, and constant enhancement—will be one of the driving factors to push the senior living industry into the 21st century. Technology can help connect us with our loved ones, streamline day-to-day operations and processes, and help keep senior living communities, their staff, and their residents safer than ever before.

 

At Greystone, our clients are relying on technology more than ever before. Previously, providers used technology in a more task-oriented way—think things like resident file organization, staff scheduling, and simple resident programming. Now, providers are using technology to maintain health and safety standards, and keep residents happy, engaged, and connected with the outside world. While hardly any of the tools and platforms used for those tasks would be considered new or groundbreaking, senior living organizations have needed this shift for years and COVID-19 was a catalyst for that change.

 

Greystone first became familiar with the Integrated Viral Protection (IVP) Biodefense Indoor Air SystemTM last year. After many conversations with their leadership and poring over piles of research, it became clear that this technology could be a significant asset to senior living providers.

 

The IVP system is the only existing air filtration system that can instantly catch and kill airborne COVID-19, other RNA viruses, and anthrax spores in a single pass. Its core technology is a specialized heated filtration system which meets ASHRAE standards and has been granted emergency use authorization by the FDA during the COVID-19 pandemic. The system was carefully researched and tested by leading national laboratories and is endorsed by the Argonne National Laboratory, The Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and more.

 

IVP is able to work with senior living providers to customize plans that suit the coverage that is necessary, such as all common spaces or strictly in health care-related areas. While the installation of this technology in senior living communities is in progress, IVP has seen success in other hospitality-focused organizations, including select Marriott, Hilton, and Intercontinental properties, American Airlines, the Texas Restaurant Association, and various school districts, hospitals (including Texas Medical Center’s Methodist Hospital, Steward Healthcare, and M.D. Anderson) and correctional facilities across the United States.

 

Source: https://leadingage.org/corporatepartners/cutting-edge-technology-brings-providers-21st-century

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Integrated Viral Protection Launches Travel Mobile Unit That Kills All Airborne Viruses

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Integrated Viral Protection 

May 18, 2021, 14:52 ET

HOUSTONMay 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Integrated Viral Protection (IVP) launched a new portable air purifying unit that instantaneously kills COVID-19 and other airborne pathogens. The compact travel unit, ideal for spaces up to 250 square feet, quietly cleans the air anywhere, including in hotel rooms, meeting rooms, residential spaces and more. 

 

“This FDA-approved technology is revolutionary, especially for travel, and will allow consumers peace of mind that they are breathing in viral-free air,” said Caroline Blazovsky, healthy home expert and founder of My Healthy Home. 

 

The unit is also perfect for hotel and dorm rooms or common areas of a home. This protection against viruses and airborne pathogens is especially valuable when visiting high-risk individuals or hosting indoor gatherings.

 

“The new portable Travel unit is only 12 inches tall with airflow of 35 cubic feet-per-minute, making it extremely convenient for people at home or on the go to elevate the air quality of any indoor space,” said Dr. Garrett Peel, IVP co-founder.

 

IVP’s indoor air biodefense technology is being rapidly deployed across the nation in medical centers, office buildings, schools, college dorms, restaurants and hotels, among other locations. The company offers a variety of mobile units for larger spaces, and this backpack sized device is their latest achievement.

 

 “This technology can help us overcome not only the COVID-19 pandemic, but future airborne illnesses such as the seasonal flu,” said Monzer Hourani, inventor and chairman of IVP. “We must invest in the future of clean air technology to avoid shutting the world down again because of a virus.”

 

Recently, Hourani received the Award of Excellence from Engineering News-Record for his lifetime achievement in structural engineering, architecture, design and real estate development, and for this breakthrough invention. IVP’s Biodefense Indoor Air Protection System is proven as the only technology to “catch and kill” COVID-19 (99.999%) and other airborne pathogens instantaneously in a single pass. 

 

For more information or to order IVP’s Travel unit, visit IVPair.com.

 

For IVP contact: Lauren Velasco, lauren@commongroundpr.com 847-567-4322

 

SOURCE: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/integrated-viral-protection-launches-travel-mobile-unit-that-kills-all-airborne-viruses-301294224.html

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Integrated Viral Protection Invests in America’s Youth and the Arts

For 20 years, the Academy of Music of the Paderewski Symphony Orchestra (PaSO) has served the Chicago community by providing musical education to families in the surrounding area.  Their mission is to strengthen and develop our community by providing Polish-Americans with a cultural experience that they can actively participate in and be proud of. Music and Polish culture are at the heart of everything they do.

 

“The exponential growth recently experienced at the Academy of Music of the PaSO, has led to the need for expansion into a new building,” says Adam Kamieniak who sits on the PaSO board. “This will allow us to continue serving and meeting the needs of the Polish American community.” With this new building, the Academy of Music of the PaSO intends to stand by their mission of using the arts to provide a rich Polish cultural experience. Today begins a two-day radiothon on Radio Polski (FM 92.7) as part of their ongoing efforts to raise the needed $130,000 to complete renovations of the newly purchased building.

 

Integrated Viral Protection (IVP), PaSO lead sponsor for the radiothon, is committed to safely reopening America. Their biodefense indoor air protection system, created by Monzer Hourani, destroys airborne viruses instantaneously, including COVID-19 (99.999%), influenza and others. To help in their mission of keeping the public safe, IVP will be donating an R1 Unit to the radio station during the radiothon. In the fall, when The Academy of Music of the PaSO opens, IVP will be donating units throughout the school, to continue to provide clean air to all students, staff, and guests.

 

IVP’s Monzer Hourani recognizes and believes in the importance of the arts. Since the start of the pandemic, Mr. Hourani has deployed IVP units to the University of Houston Orchestra for concerts held in their home city of Houston. Hourani has been a guest Conductor for many of these concerts, most recently conducting at the Virtuoso Gala in Houston.

 

“The only way we re-open America and the Arts is by providing clean air—we all need this in our lives,” states Hourani.

 

About Integrated Viral Protection (IVP)

Integrated Viral Protection Solutions, LP (IVP) was created by Monzer Hourani in April 2020, to respond to the COVID-19 global pandemic and to foster research, development, and deployment of technologies that offer biodefense solutions to mitigate transmission of biological threats in indoor environments. At the heart of this award-winning biodefense design is a proprietary heated mesh that works in conjunction with legacy air filtration found in HVAC systems. The resulting suite of products will offer proven in-line mitigation for the airborne transmission of COVID-19 indoors. This technology has been recognized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers as a top innovation of 2020 for fighting COVID-19.

 

The Biodefense Indoor Air Protection System is first line prevention technology against environmentally (airborne) mediated transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). The heated biodefense filter can be retrofitted into commercial and home HVAC systems and/or deployed as a mobile unit equipped with powerful filtration capability. For more information, please visit www.ivpair.com.

 

For IVP contact: 
Stephanie.Landry@andishere.com 

 

Source: Integrated Viral Protection

 

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St. Joseph Medical Center in Houston Deploys World’s Only Biodefense Indoor Air Protection System

St. Joseph Medical Center – Apr 26, 2021

First medical center in the nation to protect patients and staff from airborne pathogens with virus eliminating technology that instantaneously catches and kills Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 (99.999%)

 

HOUSTONApril 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Houston’s first hospital, 134-year-old St. Joseph Medical Center, has installed Integrated Viral Protection (IVP) technology throughout its facilities, taking a major step in preventing the spread of airborne illnesses. IVP’s Biodefense Indoor Air SystemTM is the only existing air filtration system that instantaneously catches and kills airborne COVID-19 (99.999%) and other airborne viruses in a single pass.

 

St. Joseph Medical Center is the first hospital in the nation to install the IVP technology, which meets ASHRAE standards and has been granted emergency use authorization by the FDA during the COVID-19 pandemic. The hospital has 700 beds with more than 500 physicians and 1,500 employees – and now hosts 24 of the biodefense units in patient waiting areas, admitting areas, staff lounges, cafeteria, surgical suites, its COVID-19 clinic and other high traffic zones.

 

“As St. Joseph Medical Center continues to position itself as a center of excellence, we look forward to implementing the IVP technology within our facility to further protect our patients, staff, and visitors, especially as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Kim Bassett, RN, MBA, President of St. Joseph Medical Center. “The state-of-the-art technology will complement and extend the standards we already have in place in our pursuit to provide the highest quality of patient care.”

 

St. Joseph Medical Center is a member of Steward Health Care, the largest private, for-profit health care network in the United States. The company is owned and led by a management team of Steward physicians, employs more than 40,000 health care professionals, and operates 35 hospitals across the country. The medical center was acquired in 2017 by Steward and is undergoing an $80 million renovation.

 

“The Covid-19 pandemic has created enormous challenges for the healthcare industry, among others, and we wanted to find a way to kill the virus to make indoor air safer for all,” said Monzer Hourani, IVP creator. “Hospitals and other health care environments require the highest quality indoor air we can provide to fully emerge from this public health crisis. This technology will protect people from airborne viruses for years to come, whether it be Covid-19, flu virus, or others.”

 

The system was designed by Hourani, who has a background in physics, science and engineering. The revolutionary technology works by forcing air through a heated filter that captures and kills contaminants, including airborne pathogens, instantaneously, without significantly changing the ambient air temperature. Hourani was recently named Top 25 Newsmaker of the Year and given the Award of Excellence by the Engineering News-Record for his ground breaking invention.

 

For more information, visit www.steward.org.

For IVP contact:
Lauren Velascolauren@commongroundpr.com  847-567-4322
For St. Joseph Medical Center:
Karen ChittyKaren.Chitty@steward.org 713-756-8236

 

SOURCE:  https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/st-joseph-medical-center-in-houston-deploys-worlds-only-biodefense-indoor-air-protection-system-301277114.html 

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‘Distancing isn’t helping you’: Indoor COVID-19 exposure risk same at 6, 60 feet, MIT researcher says

Gabrielle Masson – Friday, April 23rd, 2021

People who maintain 60 feet of distance from others indoors are no more protected than if they socially distanced by 6 feet, according to a peer-reviewed study published April 27 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America.


Cambridge-based Massachusetts Institute of Technology professors Martin Bazant and John Bush, PhD, developed a model to calculate indoor exposure risk to COVID-19 by factoring in the amount of time spent inside, air filtration and circulation, immunization, variant strains, mask use, and respiratory activity such as breathing, eating or talking.  


“We argue there really isn’t much of a benefit to the six-foot rule, especially when people are wearing masks,” Mr. Bazant told CNBC. “It really has no physical basis because the air a person is breathing while wearing a mask tends to rise and comes down elsewhere in the room so you’re more exposed to the average background than you are to a person at a distance.”


As with smoking, even people wearing masks can be affected by secondhand smoke that makes its way around the enclosed area and lingers. The same logic applies to airborne droplets of the virus, according to the study. However, the study did note that mask use by both infected and susceptible people reduces “respiratory plumes” and thus increases the amount of time people may safely spend together indoors. 


When crafting guidelines, the CDC and World Health Organization have overlooked the amount of time spent indoors, Mr. Bazant claims.  


“What our analysis continues to show is that many spaces that have been shut down in fact don’t need to be,” Mr. Bazant said. “Oftentimes, the space is large enough, the ventilation is good enough, the amount of time people spend together is such that those spaces can be safely operated even at full capacity, and the scientific support for reduced capacity in those spaces is really not very good.”  

Opening windows or installing new fans to keep air moving may be just as effective or more effective than purchasing a new filtration system, Mr. Bazant said.


The CDC currently recommends staying at least 6 feet away from other people and wearing a mask to slow the spread of COVID-19, citing the fact that the virus spreads mainly among people who are in close contact for a prolonged period.  


“The distancing isn’t helping you that much and it’s also giving you a false sense of security, because you’re as safe at six feet as you are at 60 feet if you’re indoors. Everyone in that space is at roughly the same risk, actually,” Mr. Bazant said. 


After three rounds of peer review, Mr. Bazant says he hopes the study will influence social distancing policies.



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Greystone & IVP Work Together to Deliver Indoor Biodefense Clean Air Technology to Senior Living Communities Across the Country

Irving, TX (April 7, 2021) – Greystone, a recognized leader in senior living consulting for nearly 40 years, is the first U.S. senior care consultant to begin working with the IVP Biodefense Indoor Air SystemTM –  the only existing indoor air defense that can instantaneously catch and kill airborne COVID-19 (99.999%), other RNA viruses, and anthrax spores (99.98%) in a single pass.  IVP’s core technology is a specialized heated filtration system which meets ASHRAE standards and has been granted emergency use authorization by the FDA during the COVID-19 pandemic. The alliance will promote IVP’s technology for protection of one of the country’s most vulnerable populations: senior citizens.


Nearly 8 in 10 deaths have been among people 65 and older, according to the latest demographic data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Greystone will help lead the way. Having advised more than 500 owners working on more than 125 community start-ups and developments, and having managed more than 50 communities, Greystone will begin offering this new technology as an option to their clients.


“The pandemic took an enormously cruel toll on seniors and healthcare providers,” said John Spooner, Greystone Co-CEO. “This technology will play a vital role in safely restoring normal operations and allow us to honor our promise of high-quality care for our residents.”


The plan is to suggest the use of IVP units in Greystone-managed communities and on campuses where Greystone is the consultant, with an emphasis on areas of the country that were heavily impacted by COVID-19, such as the Northeast.


“IVP is helping people breathe with confidence using proven solutions that raise the quality of indoor air,” said Dr. Garrett Peel, IVP co-founder. “Senior living and health care environments simply require the highest quality indoor air we can provide to fully emerge from this public health crisis.”


To further advance the expansion of the IVP technology, public health expert Kenneth Thorpe, executive director of the Emory University Institute for Advanced Policy Solutions, initiated meetings with President Joe Biden’s team toward the end of last year.


“The filter is revolutionary,” says Thorpe, also a professor of public health. “It has economic importance and will have an impact on morbidity and mortality.”


This revolutionary technology will definitely play a part in keeping our most vulnerable populations safe throughout this pandemic, and further secure them from future outbreaks. The technology forces air through a heated filter that captures and kills contaminants, with sub-second destruction of biological viruses in a single pass, without changing the ambient air temperature significantly.  IVP has been endorsed by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers as one of five top technologies in the world to combat COVID-19.


Inventor Monzer Hourani was recently named a top 25 Newsmaker of the Year by the Engineering News Record.   The prestigious Award of Excellence winner will be announced April 8th at the ENR virtual conference. 


“This technology doesn’t just remove or neutralize COVID-19 like others claim,” Hourani said. “We actually kill it. We’re the only indoor biodefense technology proven to catch and kill SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 (99.999%), and do it in a single pass.”


Hourani is not shy about the science behind IVP and what sets it apart from others in the industry. Senior living communities are now going to benefit from this newly formed alliance that will bring viral-free air to our most at-risk family members.


About Integrated Viral Protection (IVP)


Integrated Viral Protection Solutions, LP (IVP) was created by Monzer Hourani in April 2020, to respond to the COVID-19 global pandemic and to foster research, development, and deployment of technologies that offer biodefense solutions to mitigate transmission of biological threats in indoor environments. At the heart of this award-winning biodefense design is a proprietary heated mesh that works in conjunction with legacy air filtration found in HVAC systems. The resulting suite of products will offer proven in-line destruction for the airborne transmission of COVID-19 indoors. This technology has been recognized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers as a top innovation of 2020 for fighting COVID-19, and Hourani is recognized by Engineering News-Record as a top newsmaker.


The Biodefense Indoor Air Protection System is first line prevention technology against environmentally (airborne) mediated transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). The heated biodefense filter can be retrofitted into commercial and home HVAC systems and/or deployed as a mobile unit equipped with powerful filtration capability. For more information, please visit www.ivpair.com.


For IVP contact:


Lauren Velasco, lauren@commongroundpr.com; 847-567-4322


About Greystone


For nearly four decades, Greystone has been a trusted adviser in senior living, serving 500+ organizations in strategic and project planning, business enhancement and repositioning, financial advisory, development, marketing, and management. Their mission is to enhance the lives of seniors through a “continuum of living” and create clear paths for their clients to excel.


For Greystone contact:


Emily Klaus, eklaus@greystonecommunities.com; 972-402-3715


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