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Air Barrier System

Air Barrier System

The Air Barrier System provides surgeons and risk managers a targeted tool to help mitigate surgical site infections.

Air Barrier System components:

  • Air Barrier System Blower Part #600-0017
  • Air Barrier System Nozzle, 5/case* Part #600-0015
  • ABS Hook and Loop Pad, 10/case* (Optional) Part #600-0016

*Sterile, single-use

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Cleaner Air at the Incision

Complementary to existing air management systems, the Air Barrier System provides an additional layer of infection control for hip arthroplasty and posterior spine surgeries. Featuring a low-profile footprint in the operating room and a sterile disposable component that integrates easily into the standard workflow, the Air Barrier System has been clinically shown to help reduce airborne levels of bacteria at the surgical site.1

Increased Airborne Bacteria Lead to Surgical Site Infections

In a randomized 300 patient study published by Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, increased airborne bacterial concentrations at the incision site were shown to increase the incidence of implant surgical site infections after hip arthroplasty and instrumented posterior spine surgery.1

In that same study the control group (N = 146) had 4 implant SSIs while the Air Barrier System group (N = 148) had 0 implant SSIs.

AORN Recommendation

Citing two randomized clinical studies using the Air Barrier System, the AORN Guideline for Sterile Technique recommends the use of portable ultraclean unidirectional air delivery systems delivered to the surgical incision when a fixed unidirectional (laminar air flow) ultraclean air delivery system is not available or is not large enough to cover the entire sterile field.2

“High quality evidence supports the use of portable unidirectional ultraclean air delivery systems at the surgical site.”2

“Two RCTs showed that the use of sterile hose to deliver unidirectional ultraclean airflow over the surgical wound decreased bacterial contamination.”1,2,3

  • Posterior spinal fusion
  • Laminoplasty
  • Hip Arthroplasty

We guarantee all of our products for a period of one year from the date of shipment from Mizuho OSI for defects in material and workmanship with the exception of products which are misused, altered or damaged.

1. Darouiche, R. O., Green, D. M., Harrington, M. A., Ehni, B. L., Kougias, P., Bechara, C. F., & O’Connor, D. P. (2016). Association of Airborne Microorganisms in the Operating Room With Implant Infections: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, 38(1), 3–10.

2. Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN). (2020). Guidelines for Perioperative Practice 2020. AORN, Inc., Guideline for Sterile Technique.

3. Stocks, G. W., O’connor, D. P., Self, S. D., Marcek, G. A., & Thompson, B. L. (2011). Directed Air Flow to Reduce Airborne Particulate and Bacterial Contamination in the Surgical Field During Total Hip Arthroplasty. The Journal of Arthroplasty, 26(5), 771-776. doi:10.1016/j.arth.2010.07.001

Footprint 12 in. (30.5 cm) x 12.5 in. ( 31.8 cm)
Height 24 in. (61 cm)
Weight <45 lbs (20.4 kg)
2 wheels
Telescoping Handle
Nozzle Dimensions 8.5 in. (18.7 cm) width x 3 in. (6.6 cm) height x 5.5 in. (12.1 cm) depth
Hose Length 72 in. (158.7 cm)

Part #600-0017
Air Barrier System Blower

Part #600-0015
Air Barrier System Nozzle, 5/case

Part #600-0016
ABS Hook and Loop Pad, 10/case (Optional)

Higher Airborne Bacteria Concentration  Lead to Higher SSI Risk

Higher Airborne Bacteria Concentration Lead to Higher SSI Risk

Clinical data provides evidence that the Air Barrier System can reduce airborne bacteria concentrations by up to 84% and that there is a strong correlation between higher airborne bacterial concentrations and a higher incidence of surgical site infections.

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Resources and education

Air Barrier System product brochure

Air Barrier System Hip Arthroplasty Video

Air Barrier System Clinical Evidence data sheet

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