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I was recently doing research on how operating rooms were set up in the past and wondered about its cleanliness, when I started reading about the oldest operating theater in the world in London, part of St. Thomas’ hospital (1822).

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At the time when these public operating theaters existed, antiseptic and anesthesia had not been invented. Much of the surgeries that went on were mainly amputations because of the lack of antiseptic/anti-bacterial devices to prevent internal infections. It’s said that surgeons at that time could perform an entire amputation in under a minute to try and minimize pain and blood loss.

See the little box of saw dust underneath the table? That’s for collecting blood. Apparently most of the time the doctor’s coats were soaked with pus and blood that they became stiff!!

I think of the amount of bacteria that are allowed to grow and multiply, and travel through the air, I get highly highly grossed out. I wonder how many lives would have been saved with the difference of perhaps a simple ventilating mechanism or alcohol wash as an antiseptic. None of those existed for some reason.

ugh.

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Interesting Find from Automobile Association of Singapore.

Air Purifiers these days are getting more compact and better looking, with more features like these portable ones. But how exactly do they compare in their efficiency?

Silent Air Purifier with Ultraviolet Germicidal Protection


The Silent Air Purifier circulates air-cleaning negative ions and can remove just about any type of airborne particle or pollutant, including allergens (e.g. pollen, pet dander, dust, ragweed), micro-organisms (e.g. bacteria, viruses, mold), chemicals and odors. It can be plugged into the wall outlets in your home, and also comes with a 12V car adapter for use in the vehicle.

Features:

  • Removable easy-clean grills. Front and rear grills slide off for easy cleaning.
  • Combines proven ionic air-cleaning technology with a germ-killing UV lamp.
  • Cleans and sanitizes the air 24 hours a day on just 8 watts.
  • No filters to buy or replace.
  • Ultraviolet lamp kills virtually all airborne bacteria, mold spores and viruses that enter the unit.
  • Neutralizes household odors.

SGD $99.00

Cordless Silent Air Purifier / Closet Anti-Mould Cleaner


Cordless Silent Air Purifier – A powerful room air purifier that keep mould out of closet!

Features:

  • Uses advanced ionic generation technology
  • Soundless design, no motor
  • Power Consumption: 3W
  • Easy to clean – NO filter replacement required
  • Dissolve and neutralize poisonous gases, bacteria & mould

SGD $59.90

For portable and small area use, these cleaners could come in handy depending on how reliable their “proven ionic air-cleaning technology” is.

I found their brand name to be Maier, with the supplier being a local Singaporean company that produces lifestyle well-being products. Interesting stuff they have. Cute and compact, but running or just 8 watts, I think it has rather limited capacities. Good thinking on the cordless part though.

I would like to hear from anyone who has tried Maier’s air cleaning products for some fair reviews.

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