Medical Air Technology (MAT) recently completed a project at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) – the world’s oldest school in the field – increasing laboratory capacity to accommodate a new machine for counting and profiling cells.
MAT has worked on several Containment Level 3 (CL3) laboratory suites around the country, so could guarantee both experience and speed of delivery when approached to reconfigure and revalidate LTSM’s existing laboratories. The company explained: “Laboratories handling human pathogens transmittable via inhalation, that often have a low infectious dose to produce effects, and that can cause serious or lifethreatening disease, need CL3. This level of containment emphasises additional primary and secondary barriers to minimise the release of infectious organisms into the immediate area and the environment, such as HEPA filtration of exhausted laboratory air.”
The LSTM suite was required to house a new Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorting (FACS) machine. MAT reconfigured and revalidated the existing laboratory to accommodate it, completing work including new electrical installation, sinks, and drainage, a DX cooling system, laboratory furniture, and room fabric improvement. Achieving improved airtightness was particularly important to comply with CL3 criteria.
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