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Canadian Hospital to use AirBoxx IAQ Monitors to Screen EMS Helicopter Exhaust


Advanced IAQ monitoring technologies from KD Engineering will help determine if helicopter exhaust is causing air quality problems in a large medical facility.

The medical use of emergency helicopters to transport sick and injured people has saved countless lives. In many circumstances there is no quicker way to provide for the transport and medical attention to those whose lives may hang in the balance.

Along with the life saving attributes of these flying medical ambulances have come concerns at some hospitals in congested areas of issues related to the infiltration of helicopter exhaust into surrounding medical facilities. Currently addressing this issue is a large hospital in Canada that is investigating exhaust concerns using multiple indoor air quality monitors developed by KD Engineering of Blaine, Washington.

A total of eight AirBoxx monitors are being stationed in various locations throughout the hospital to monitor indoor air quality conditions at 15 second intervals. The monitors will provide data logging of a number of parameters including carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and volatile organic compounds.

The results will then be compared to activity related to EMS helicopter use at the hospital. The monitors will be able to determine if exhaust is infiltrating the buildings and causing irritating or unhealthy air quality conditions for staff, visitors and patients.

“Designed for commercial use, the AirBoxx monitor is easy to use, versatile and a powerful tool for IAQ investigations,” reported Paul Cochrane, Marketing Director at KD Engineering. “The unit is an expandable, hand held monitor that is ideal for walk through surveys and trend logging, with a broad range of sensor options that are ideal for this application,” he continued.

The AirBoxx base unit includes carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, temperature, and relative humidity sensors. It boasts four additional channels for other sensor configurations such as ozone, hydrogen sulfide, nitrogen dioxide, photo ionization detector (VOCs), and more.

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About KD Engineering
KD Engineering has been providing independent HVAC testing services for over 30 years. The IAQ instruments division was established in 1991 to better service the building industry in residential, manufacturing, institutional and commercial properties.

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