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SMH Waiting Rooms host High Capacity Air Filter

NORWAY, ME - Patients waiting for the treatment in the Emergency Room at Stephens Memorial Hospital (SMH) will notice something new in the waiting room this winter.  SMH has two new high capacity air filters for flu season, one in the ER waiting room, and one in the "flu/respiratory" waiting area.

The RxAir 3000 Air Purifier is used to circulate the air through a special HEPA filter to remove microbial airborne particulates.  The machine cleanses the air 12 times per hour and can be likened to a person washing their hands to reduce skin contamination.

"It filters and cleanses the air of bacteria, it helps to prevent infectious diseases; it is a wonderful resource," says Infection Control Nurse Sharon Proctor.

The filters were acquired through the Central Maine Resource Center's efforts surrounding infectious diseases and preventing colds, flu, and the Norwalk virus that has been in the area over the winter.

Stephens Memorial Hospital is an affiliate of Western Maine Health, which is part of the Maine Health® family.  Visit Western Maine Health on the Internet at

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