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Operating Theatre Suites, Critical Care and Sterile Services
MAT’s innovative, market-leading flagship products can be seen in hospitals throughout the UK. They are designed to support hospitals in the fight against surgical site infection, one of the most frequently reported types of healthcare associated infection. They all use specialist laminar airflow to create the clean air environment required for sterile procedures.
What is Laminar Airflow?
Laminar airflow describes air moving at the same speed and in the same direction, with no or minimal crossover of air streams. In contrast, turbulent flow creates swirls and eddies that deposit particles on surfaces randomly and unpredictably.
Laminar airflow creates particle-free working environments, or ‘ultraclean air’, by projecting air through a filtration system and exhausting it across a work surface in a laminar or unidirectional air stream.
Laminar airflow systems are equipped with HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters, which remove 99.97% of airborne particles, 0.3 microns or larger. This micron size (0.3), is referred to by scientists as the MPPS, or the most penetrating particle size. Scientists have found that particles of this size evade air filters more than larger or smaller particles.
MAT UCV systems actually provide a graded exponential air profile due to the unique design of the UCV diffuser plate.
“Everything which is to come into contact with the wound has been made sterile, except the air, which is in contact with everything.” Prof Whyte, 1973
Surgical site infection (SSI) places an enormous clinical and economic burden on surgery and is associated not only with increased morbidity but also with substantial mortality. It has been estimated that as many as 77% of surgical patients deaths are related to surgical wound infection.
MAT produces products that dramatically reduce the level of colony forming units (CFUs) in the air, reducing the level of SSI and supporting patient care.
The ECO-flow™ Ultraclean Ventilation (UCV) System
Maintaining a high quality of the air in the operating theatre is essential to controlling the risk of surgical infections. MAT is known throughout the UK for the ECO-flow™ ultraclean ventilation (UCV) system, which eliminates dangerous airborne particles within the operating theatre clean zone for safer surgery. In the UK, it is required for all orthopaedic surgery, as detailed in HTM 03-01 guidelines.
The innovative system offers reduced energy usage compared with other similar units on the market, supporting government and hospital energy efficiency targets. This is achieved without any reduction in the level of performance.
Available in a variety of sizes and styles to suit the design and demands of the modern operating theatre, the ECO-flow™ UCV canopy is quiet, easy to use and highly cost efficient. The Freeflow™ offers all the benefits of the ECO-flow™ but in a standalone format. We can also deliver bespoke canopies for use in hybrid operating theatres, designed to accommodate the specialist equipment required in this scenario.
We supply the ECO-flow™ UCV canopy on its own, or as part of an equipment package, or in a total turnkey operating theatre solution, all backed up by our design and installation expertise. We offer vendor neutrality, with the option of fitting free issue equipment. We can also provide all the ancillary products required to complete your turnkey installation.
Toul Meditech Mobile Laminar Flow Solutions
MAT is the UK distributor of the Toul Meditech range of mobile laminar flow solutions, designed to create a sterile field for surgical instrument preparation. The technology also reduces particle concentration in the entire operating theatre.
Offering ceiling mounted and mobile options, the HEPA-filtered air devices act independently of any ventilation system. They can be used in all types of operating theatre or surgical preparation room to deliver ultraclean air directly over the surgical site and instruments.
The MAT Lay-Up Cabinet
The MAT lay-up cabinet complements the ECO-flow™ UCV canopy. It is designed to protect surgical instruments from airborne contamination, reducing 99.99% of microorganisms and bacteria during instrument lay-up procedures. It also reduces bioburden to help in the fight against SSI.
The lay-up cabinet takes up as little as 1.4m of wall space, depending on the unit chosen. It can be installed quickly and easily in the sterile pack store and is easy to use, with clear touchscreen controls.
“As the practice manager and undertaking such a large project while still serving the patients, I thought it would be a major headache onsite on a daily basis. How wrong I was. MAT and all contractors employed by them were nothing but professional, mindful of our business, polite and an absolute pleasure to work with. At each stage of the journey we were kept informed and changes implemented when issues arose. I cannot recommend MAT highly enough.”
Natalie Pepper: Practice Manager, iSIGHT Clinic