Helping Hospitals and Labs in The Battle Against COVID-19
Healthcare facilities across the gulf coast and the rest of the country continue their fight to save the lives of patients ill with COVID-19.
Hospitals and laboratories took the necessary steps to prepare for a surge in coronavirus cases early on. However, maintaining their testing and patient care facilities is just as vital as the battle against COVID-19 continues.
The Importance of Certified Biosafety Cabinets
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was quick to specify that the manipulation of COVID-19 clinical samples, as well as any potentially contaminated materials, required the use of certified biological safety cabinets (BSC’S).
Certified biosafety cabinets are vital containment devices used at laboratories handling microbiological and biomedical materials.
The primary purpose of this type of equipment is to provide a safe environment for laboratory staff who need to test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus responsible for COVID-19.
Biological safety cabinets provide multiple types of protection, including personal, product, and environmental.
These partially enclosed work areas use HEPA-Filters to filter the incoming air, which helps protect samples from contamination. Likewise, exhausted air is also HEPA-filtered to safeguard the work environment. Additionally, inward airflow protects lab workers from potentially infectious droplets and aerosols generated during the manipulation of samples.
Other devices such as Compounding Aseptic Containment Isolators (CACI) and Compounding Aseptic Isolators (CAI), also known as gloveboxes, Laminar Flow Hoods, Unidirectional Clean Air Device (UCAD), and Clean Rooms are equally essential to maintain safety protocols within a testing lab.
How Allometrics is Instrumental in The Fight Against COVID-19
The behind-the-scenes role and proper maintenance of BSC’S, CACI, CAI, Laminar Flow Hoods, UCAD’s, and Clean Rooms have never been more critical.
Allometrics professionalism and excellence in the field is widely recognized by regulatory agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the entity responsible for setting the criteria for field certification testing of biosafety cabinetry.
Our expertise in biological safety cabinet certification is such that earlier this year, the NSF endorsed us as only one of three NSF approved testing sites in the country.
Since the beginning of the public health crisis, we’ve strived to become an unconditional partner for healthcare facilities battling the coronavirus pandemic.
In the past months, we’ve assisted hospitals and laboratories in recommissioning and relocating their biological safety cabinets to help expand their capabilities.
At Allometrics, we provide Certification, Repair, HEPA Filter Replacement, HEPA Leak Testing, Particle Counts, Viable Sampling, and Periodic Maintenance for the following items used in COVID-19 testing:
- Biological Safety Cabinets
- Glove Boxes
- Compounding Aseptic Containment Isolators (Also known as a CACI or a Glovebox)
- Compounding Aseptic Isolators (Also known as a CAI or a Glovebox)
- Laminar Flow Hoods
- Unidirectional Clean Air Device (Also known as UCAD)
- Clean rooms
Allometrics continues to work to ensure that hospital and laboratory workers have a safe environment in which to process COVID-19 clinical samples, as well as other potentially contaminated materials.
Please contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help hospitals and testing laboratories continue their fight against the novel coronavirus as safely as possible.