Research & Development
We care about the AIIR you breathe.
Our vision is to develop disruptive technologies that change the way isolation precautions are applied in a healthcare setting. We will make infection control protocols easier, more safe and more environmentally sustainable.
UBC Okanagan researchers are collaborating with Kelowna-based Care Health Meditech to develop a new device that isolates and eliminates airborne droplets and germs associated with COVID-19 and other illnesses.
Care Health Meditech research and development channels are funded in part by the Government of Canada (MITACS).
Product Design Cycle
Design + Build Research and Development
Dr. Jonathan Little PHD of the University of British Columbia Faculty of Health Social Development and Care Health Meditech are currently studying the potential health benefits of Airborne Infection Isolation Rooms in a dental setting.
“Airborne Infection Isolation Rooms have been used in hospitals to contain and eliminate dangerous particles for many years, however are not generally deployed in dental practices due to the significant expense and facility requirements demanded by their install. As dental workers are considered “high-risk” for respiratory diseases due to daily exposure to aerosolized pathogens, volatile organic compounds and mercury, we are excited to conduct a natural experiment to explore the health impacts
of this technology for patients and teams in a dental setting”
– Dr. Jonathan Little PHD, May 2020
AIIR Portable Device Research and Development
Local collection of aerosolized particles in an open environment is a ground-breaking concept with potential to shift the way that infection control protocols are applied in global healthcare settings. It presents a significant and technologically sophisticated physics and engineering challenge.
Care Health Meditech is developing future iterations of AIIR with the support of Dr. Li and his research team. In order to achieve our multi-year vision, proof of concept and device optimization is currently being undertaken through device modelling at UBC Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. We plan to supplement this approach with Particle Imaging Velocimetry and Human Trials of the device in a controlled setting while performing the actual AGMP targeted.
AIIR portable device is currently being modelled at the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus, Faculty of Engineering Computational Fluid Dynamics Lab. A proposal is underway, funded in part by the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada that describes the research team’s efforts to study the potential health & PPE impacts of the device in dental settings.