Nurses with PPE stand together
Feb 22, 2023

Best Practices for PPE Education for Healthcare Workers

It’s not a secret: PPE is important in every healthcare setting. But in the intensity of a hospital setting, amidst staffing shortages and sky-high hospitalization rates, proper PPE protocols might not always be followed. While trying to save lives and stay afloat in the overwhelm, healthcare workers might slip up. They theoretically know and understand […]

A nurse wearing an N95 Mask is about to give a covid test to a patient
Feb 15, 2023

How Personal Protective Equipment Keeps Healthcare Workers and Patients Safe

Do you remember the last time you went to a show where there was a “splash zone”? Maybe it was a nautical show with seals or an art exhibit or concert. When you’re seated in a splash zone, you usually are supposed to wear some kind of poncho to serve as a barrier between you […]

An operating table with an ApexZ and AC100 for environmental monitoring.
Feb 1, 2023

The Importance of Environmental Monitoring in Healthcare

Did you know that approximately 1 out of every 31 hospital patients in the U.S. are expected to contract a Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI)? That’s right – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that this alarming number of patients contract an HAI every year, totaling almost 2 billion nosocomial infections and 90,000 deaths […]

Jan 26, 2023

How Do Compounding Pharmacies Utilize Utilize Environmental Monitoring.

Jan 18, 2023

Why Does USP <800> Require An N95 Mask?

USP <800> provides guidelines that “describes requirements including responsibilities of personnel handling hazardous drugs; facility and engineering controls; procedures for deactivating, decontaminating and cleaning; spill control; and documentation.” These standards are applicable to anyone in healthcare who is responsible for receiving, preparing, administering, or transporting hazardous drugs. This guideline follows the National Institute for Occupational […]

Jan 11, 2023

Why Do Dogs Need Compounded Medications?

Our furry family members sometimes go down for the count and need some medication to help pick them up. But what happens when they won’t take a pill? Or need specialized medication? Or have to take multiple medications? The answer for you and your pet might be compounded drugs! Compounded medications are prescribed by your […]

Jan 4, 2023

10 Things Every Compounding Pharmacist Should Know

Whether you are a new compounding pharmacist or have been around for a while, you know that compound pharmacies are unique. In your workspace, you have to gown and operate under strict contamination control protocols, but do you know why? As the world’s clean air experts, we’re here to help explain exactly what’s going on […]

Dec 28, 2022

What Is A Compounding Pharmacy? And Why Are They Monitored?

You probably don’t think of pharmacies as cleanrooms or controlled environments, but that’s because you are most likely thinking of community pharmacies! Community pharmacies are generally where generic prescriptions are sent and are readily available throughout the United States. There are roughly 56,000 community pharmacies in the states, but only 7,500 of those specialize in […]

Cleanroom Guy standing next to board that says "Year End Review"
Nov 30, 2022

2022 Cleanroom Trends: Looking Back

At the start of 2022, we outlined some trends we expected to see grow in popularity and necessity throughout the year. They included paperless cleanrooms, advanced self diagnostics, multiple transfer options, and smart batteries. Now, as 2022 comes to a close, we want to consider how these trends have played out in the last year […]

effect of wildfires
Nov 16, 2022

How Do Wildfires Affect Air Quality?

During the 2020 fire season, more than 106 large wildfires occurred in the states of Oregon and California. The fires were battled by tens of thousands of wildland firefighters, but still burned more than 6.7 million acres. While thousands of people lost their homes, almost every resident of the state was able to see the […]

Nov 15, 2022

Is The ApexZ The Right Airborne Particle Counter For You?

An airborne particle counter only needs to know two things to begin sampling: where it is and how long to sample. From there, it should be built around ease of use and reliability. You should be able to trust that your airborne particle counter is working for you and not the other way around. You […]

Nov 10, 2022

Basics Of Particle Counting

cleanroom-classifications chart
Oct 19, 2022

Cleanroom Classifications Explained

A cleanroom classification basically tells you how clean a cleanroom is. While we typically consider cleanrooms to use HEPA filters and multiple layers of protection, cleanrooms can really be any room where precautions are taken to ensure that the product stays clean from contaminants. But if that’s the case, then what makes one cleanroom stand […]

Gas Sampling in a cleanroom
Oct 8, 2022

The Basics Of Gas Sampling In A Cleanroom

It is no mystery that cleanrooms need to be, well, clean. From the surfaces and tools to the air in the cleanroom, everything needs to remain at a certain level of cleanliness depending on the cleanroom’s classification and application. Those criteria extend to the compressed gasses used in cleanrooms, as well, like oxygen, hydrogen, methane, […]

Pharma 4.0
Sep 14, 2022

What is Pharma 4.0?

Welcome to the age of the internet! Pharma 4.0 is the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering’s (ISPE) version of Industry 4.0, also called Smart Factory. Essentially, Industry 4.0 is the fourth industrial revolution. It encapsulates the changes we are seeing happen in the world because of the internet. Pharma 4.0 is ISPE’s roadmap for pharmaceutical companies to also […]

Aug 31, 2022

Performance Qualification vs Operational Qualification

What does your dream home look like? Maybe it’s a beautiful home way up in the mountains, where the air is fresh and the land is quiet. You sit on your porch, enjoying a hot coffee as the weather turns brisk… And the first snowflake of the year falls. How exciting! This is your first […]

Aug 26, 2022

Using Real Time Monitoring Systems in the Semiconductor Industry to Increase Product Yield

Aug 17, 2022

Reverse Osmosis In Cleanrooms

If you are relatively new to the cleanroom world, you’ve probably heard the word “reverse osmosis” thrown around a few times. You might have also heard it used in marketing and advertising of different purified water brands. What does it bring to mind? For many of us, a phrase we learned long ago in high […]

Aug 10, 2022

How Does Water Treatment Work?

We often throw around the word “contamination” and how dangerous it can be in a cleanroom. And if you work in or around cleanrooms, you know how true this is. But to the everyday consumer, products being free from contamination is often taken for granted. We often don’t even think about contamination control! For many, […]

Pharma 4.0
Aug 3, 2022

Cleanroom Basics: What Is Ultrapure Water?

If you are working with a pharmaceutical or semiconductor manufacturing cleanroom, you most likely have seen ultrapure water in action. This water is used for water for injectables (WFI) in pharmaceuticals and as a chisel for semiconductors. While it has many other purposes, these are the primary two. And those two industries use a lot […]