Clean Rooms International in Grand Rapids Reconfigures its Product Stock to Create Negative Pressure Patient Rooms

Grand Rapids’ Clean Rooms International, a manufacturer of cleanrooms, workstations, and air filtration equipment, has reconfigured its product stock to enable hospitals to convert standard patient rooms into negative pressure rooms for patient isolation.
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Clean Room International negative pressure device
Clean Room International has used its product stock to create devices that turn standard hospital rooms into negative pressure rooms for patient isolation. // Photo courtesy of Clean Room International

Grand Rapids’ Clean Rooms International, a manufacturer of cleanrooms, workstations, and air filtration equipment, has reconfigured its product stock to enable hospitals to convert standard patient rooms into negative pressure rooms for patient isolation.

“Health care systems are experiencing incredible pressure to accommodate growing numbers of patients impacted by the coronavirus,” says Tim Werkema, president and CEO of Clean Rooms. “Customers came to us seeking a new way to quickly convert standard hospital rooms into negative pressure rooms for quarantine.

“In less than a week, our team of engineers repurposed dozens of units. In less than a month, we’ve shipped more than 1,000 (units) from coast to coast.”

Company engineers took its standard HEPA fan filter units and inverted them. They then paired them with exhaust systems or mounted them to small cradles with castors to create mobile units.

The company says its products are highly efficient in filtering and evacuating contaminants from the air, creating a negative pressure environment and minimizing airborne contaminants from entering hallways and corridors in health facilities.

“As infection levels continue to rise, hospital systems will look for new and inventive ways to convert their facilities to meet patient needs,” says Bret Asper, COO of Clean Rooms. “We’re grateful our product engineers were able to come up with a quick and cost-effective solution, and we can bring this to market as quickly as we did.”

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