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January 20, 1969

Air Curtains for Patient Isolation

Author Affiliations

From the Cardiovascular Pulmonary Section, St. Francis Hospital, Hartford. Conn.

JAMA. 1969;207(3):549-551. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03150160061014

A unique reverse isolation unit with ultrafilters and protective curtains of air provides an ideal environment for patients whose illness or therapy or both leave them especially infection-prone. Preliminary studies indicate that the enclosure is 97% to 99% effective in protecting the patient from contamination.