dust containment, facilities management

AnteRoom vs. Dust Containment Cart

Posted by HEPACART on Jul 6, 2017 10:10:00 AM

To keep your healthcare facility safe, you need to use the right tools. 

But if you're unsure what you need, it can be all but impossible to choose where to invest. 

When it comes to dust containment, both hospital anterooms and dust containment carts can be useful tools, but neither will be appropriate for every instance. 

Keep reading for help deciding which type of dust containment/infection control tool will work best for your particular project. 

Don't have time to decide? Let us help you.

Help Me Choose

What is an AnteRoom?

The HEPACART™ AnteRoom is a versatile and effective product that allows healthcare facilities to enact patient isolation or renovation containment in a matter of minutes. The portable aluminum AnteRoom is easy to use and easy to clean, minimizing non-recyclable waste and maximizing worker productivity, all without sacrificing patient safety. 

Uses for an AnteRoom

There is not one correct way to use a hospital anteroom, but now that you know what it is you can better apply its features to your facility. These modular units can be used in a range of different scenarios as an infection control measure. Some of the most common and effective uses for an AnteRoom include:  

• construction projects 
• routine facility maintenance
• patient isolation

For more details, read our blog: 3 Uses for a Hospital Anteroom.

You can also get a complete picture of the HEPACART AnteRoom from our Ante Room Guide

What is a Dust Containment Cart?

A dust containment cart, such as a HEPACART unit, is much more mobile than an AnteRoom and serves a different purpose. While different brands have different features, each HEPACART™ has swivel-lock, non-marring casters that protect floors and is rated to support 900 pounds. Dust containment carts can hold one to two workers in addition to a ladder, with the cart extending to reach the ceiling easily, sealing the workers away from patient areas or other equipment. 

Before purchasing a dust containment cart, be sure to check that the manufacturer has tested the cart for its seal, ensuring that particles must pass through a HEPA filtration system before being released into the common areas surrounding the cart. Some carts, such as those from HEPACART, do come with embedded negative air machines for added security. 

Uses for a Dust Containment Cart

You will most commonly find a dust containment cart in a healthcare facility, but they are also useful in data centers and server rooms. The portable cart makes it easy for workers to remove ceiling tiles, engage in minor duct work or perform electrical work above ceilings. Because the cart is sealed, dust and debris that lives above the ceiling is kept contained and does not come in contact with patients or sensitive equipment. 

How to Choose Between an AnteRoom and Dust Containment Cart

Many facilities find that they have a use for both dust containment carts and anterooms. However, if you are having trouble deciding between one or the other, consider the following questions: 

• Do you need a stationary solution or portable dust containment? 

  • • How many workers need to utilize the dust containment tool at once? 
  • • Is your project long-term construction or short-term maintenance?
  • • Will you need to access the ceiling for your project?  

Once you are able to answer these questions you shoule be able to choose which dust containment tool is right for your project. 


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