In this little article, we are going to take a look at industrial cleanrooms, and in which ways they can be of benefit to a company which chooses to install one somewhere within their walls. For the uninitiated among you, a cleanroom is a room used for manufacture and research that is kept to a particularly high level of cleanliness for this purpose.
They are primarily used for manufacturing (particularly of items that require precision manufacture, such as computer microchips and so on), but they’re also made use of for research purposes, such as in the medical sector.
How Valuable Are Cleanrooms to the Medical Sector?
Of course, it would be rather complicated to evaluate precisely how valued cleanrooms are to medicine; they are simply so involved in the process as to become nigh inextricable. They have been used for many years now, evolving as the industry does in order to stay relevant and useful.
However, this article would be completely worthless if we didn’t at least try to figure it out. So, for this reason, we are going to look at a case study recorded by Life Science. If, at the end of the article, you are left thirsting for the cold facts and figures, you can click this link for the original study.
The Case Study – in the Beginning
The test was to be carried out within a major IVF facility. The cleanroom was designed to be used during the embryo transfer process; this procedure is usually undertaken in a bio-safety cabinet, with the embryo maturing in special incubators with regulated temperatures.
The embryo is a particularly delicate thing – taken out of the body, it has no protection against contaminants; it has developed over millennia within the last word on controlled environments: the human body.
To keep it secure whilst out in the open, a doctor would require a similar environment to that within the body. To achieve just this, an ISO-7 cleanroom was built for the growth and initial fertilisation of the embryo, moving to an ISO-8 environment for the implantation. You can get more information on cleanrooms by clicking here.
The Case Study – Results
Although the birth rates (the typical measure of success in an IVF facility) did not instantaneously shoot up, there was no problem – no one expected them to do so, as the procedure is simply not so straightforward.
At the start, the rates were more or less the same as they had been beforehand, but this soon began to change. An upwards tick was noted, and the variability of success (the major problem in an IVF facility) had been decreased significantly.
As the various doctors and nurses became accustomed to the cleanroom, the results only continued improving. This gave the impression that the initial lack of improvement was down to human unfamiliarity, rather than the environment itself.
The cleanroom let staff be more responsive to any urgent issues that might arrive. Also, as they could easily monitor the cleanliness and maintenance of the cleanroom environment, it became simple to determine the root cause of any problems. In all, the installation of the cleanroom produced some great results.