When Bas Kervel, manager of environmental services for Menno Place, a British Columbia-based organization providing housing and long-term healthcare for 700 senior residents, was seeking proactive solutions for environmental health during the pandemic, he turned to Lorry Prokopich of Sterasure in Kitchener, Ontario, to research what technologies were available. Once Prokopich showed him the NCC™ technology of CASPR Technologies, for which Sterasure is a licensed distributor, Kervel was sold.
Since its founding in 2016, CASPR (Continuous Air & Surface Pathogen Reduction) Technologies has been a leader in smart environmental indoor technology for healthcare and other spaces. The company’s solutions work to ensure the air we breathe is the safest it can be, adding to our well-being and enhancing our performance in the process. Its award-winning, patent-pending NCC™ technology proactively and continuously disinfects indoor air and surfaces at the molecular level. CASPR has been proven to destroy 99.96% of pathogens both in the air and on surfaces, with an independent lab-proven continuous disinfection process that recreates what naturally happens outdoors.
In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sterasure began installing first CASPR Compact Units in common areas and then in the rooms of infected patients. Eventually, they augmented that solution by adding CASPR Blu Tiles in all dining rooms, staff rooms and gathering places. As a result, those stand-alone CASPR Compact units could be brought into the rooms of residents who had particular medical fragility or other co-morbidities.
“During the time before our residents could be vaccinated, we wanted to take a proactive stance to protect their health,” explained Menno Place CEO Karen Biggs. “We had done a research study showing that viruses of various types remained in the rooms of deceased residents for days afterward. Once we installed CASPR, they disappeared.”
Kervel can see the real results in the health of Menno Place’s staff and residents. “Even if we find an outbreak of COVID or another virus, those appear to be shorter lived, and they rarely result in transmission elsewhere in our facility. Traditionally we’ve had to deal with periodic occurrences of norovirus and gastroenteritis, but since installing CASPR we haven’t had any of those.”
Menno Place’s 11.5-acre campus includes six buildings, with accommodations for Independent Living, Assisted Living and Complex Care. Staff found that by adding an air and surface disinfection solution in the dining room and other common areas, they mitigated the possibility of their more mobile residents spreading illness between rooms or corridors.
Biggs found some additional benefits beyond the boost to resident health.
“We have really worked through the pandemic to preserve and promote the mental health of our staff and adding the CASPR Blu Tile units to our facility has given our team members the peace of mind to know they are working in the safest environment possible,” she said.
Menno Place found that it could reduce staff absenteeism, minimize sick time and help with more effective room turnover with the installation of the CASPR Blu Tiles, which are made to fit in the place of ordinary acoustic ceiling tiles.
Additionally, the state-of-the-art air disinfection reduced odors throughout the property, which is a common issue for all long-term care facilities.
“We found that CASPR reduced odors almost immediately in rooms such as locker rooms or staff rooms, Biggs said. “Rooms that had mold smells for years became odor-free.”
Sterasure has used success stories such as this to bring CASPR to other long-term care facilities across Canada.
“Our technology was created to serve the medical industry,” said CASPR co-founder and chief inventor Dr. Christophe Suchy. “It is such a logical extension of our technology to share it with the long-term care industry where so many of our most medically fragile loved ones reside.”
CASPR’s award-winning technology is now being used not only in medical environments, but in schools, businesses, residential complexes and even in the transportation industry. Recent independent studies have concluded that the technology provided by CASPR is more than twice as effective as any competing technology.
About CASPR Technologies
CASPR (Continuous Air & Surface Pathogen Reduction) Technologies is a health-tech company located in Addison on a mission to make the world indoors a better place. As the leader in smart environmental indoor technology, our solutions work to ensure the air we breathe is the healthiest it can be, living out our well-being and enhancing our performance in the process. Our award-winning, patent-pending NCC™ technology proactively and continuously disinfects indoor air and surfaces at the molecular level. Our innovative and proprietary products are low-maintenance, completely automated, and do not depend on pathogens “cycling” through filters to be effective. With CASPR: live, breathe, and work with safer air and surfaces around the clock. To learn more, visit www.casprtech.com.