Come Join ASHRAE’s Northeast Chapter Tuesday, February 19th at the Italian American Community Center. Our lunch meeting’s registration will begin at 11:30 am, with a buffet style lunch opening @ 11:45 am, immediately followed by our presentation. 

Topic: This month’s presentation topic will be “Desiccant Dehumidification,” and will cover an overview of dehumidification types, and provide a focus on healthcare and microbial contamination: detailing the benefits of liquid desiccant dehumidification for healthcare applications. 

Speaker: Our speaker will be Patrick Leach, of Alfa Laval-KATHBAR Clean Air. Patrick Leach is an authority on the role of HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) in Healthcare and Bio‐defense. He has been involved in the design and implementation of clinical studies demonstrating the reduction of Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAIs) through the application of Ultra Violet Germicidal Irradiation in Hospital HVAC systems. These published studies include Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, New York and Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. Mr. Leach has functioned as an invited consultant with government agencies including The White House Office of Science and Technology, the GSA and Department of Homeland Security. He has designed and overseen microbial exposure testing in collaboration with the State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, School of Medicine. The resulting study demonstrated the efficacy on pathogens associated with HAIs through exposure to desiccant solutions. He is a member of ASHE, the American Society for Healthcare Engineering, CHES, the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society and APIC, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.

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