The ceiling-mounted extraction arm can be maneuvered and positioned, so once it’s installed, the arm can be located near the patient to capture the aerosol at the source.
Nederman, a provider of clean air products and solutions for the workplace, is helping dental offices to reopen safely with products that remove harmful aerosols from the breathing zone of dental professionals, hygienists, and patients.
Nederman’s expertise in exhaust ventilation solutions includes the FX2 Extraction Arms, which removes aerosols generated by routine dental procedures. The FX2 aerosol control solution is a ceiling-mounted extraction arm that can be maneuvered and positioned, so once it’s installed, the arm can be located near the patient to capture the aerosol at the source and easily moved out of the way when no longer in use.
“In referencing guidelines from the CDC, it’s crucial to implement engineering controls to reduce or eliminate exposure from aerosol generating procedures (AGPs),” says Travis Haynam, vice president, segments for Nederman. “That’s especially true for dental practitioners and dental hygienists, whose work requires close contact with patients and the use of high speed tools and processes that produce aerosols. Nederman is honored to provide clean air products and solutions that help create a safer working environment.”
While healthcare professionals are still researching how COVID-19 spreads, research indicates that bacteria or viruses like COVID-19 can survive in bio-aerosols for extended periods of time.
“Dental professionals are aware that it’s possible for aerosols to transmit diseases,” adds Haynam. “And because these aerosols stay suspended in the air for extended periods of time, many dentists are taking proactive steps to protect themselves, their staff and their patients from potentially harmful airborne aerosols.”
Aerosol extraction is just one method practitioners are using to improve safety after Stay-at-Home orders are rolled back. The American Dental Association (ADA) advises that practitioners must fully utilize available PPE, understanding that surgical masks, which do not seal around the nose and mouth, are not adequate to completely protect against aerosol-borne disease transmission. To further reduce risks, the ADA advises to reduce aerosol production as much as possible.
Nederman also offers custom engineering and installation planning.