Ozone Sterility System

Ozone Sterility System

Operating rooms are far from sterile. In the US alone, approximately 157,500 people die of surgical site infections every year (source: CDC, 2015). There is a campaign (“The 100,000 lives campaign”) that is attempting to apply procedure and policy solutions to prevent infections. It is estimated that infections acquired from the operating room itself account for between 5 – 15%  of the total (i.e. 7,850 – 23,625 lives per year in the US alone).

The Optimus ISE is the first operating room that is capable of being sterilized. The Optimus system employs ozone total room sterilization once a week. Ozone is at the top of the pyramid of free radical generators, and kills not only bacteria, but also fungal spores and viruses. Optimus has learned through experimentation, that it takes approximately 10 days for an operating room to be colonized, thus the seven-day cycle. The room is hermetically sealed once a week, and ozone is introduced via the ceiling ducted ozone generator system for one hour. Each room is equipped with multiple in-wall ozone decomposers that remove ozone from the room once the sterilization cycle has been completed. The total cycle time is 3 hours.