A revolutionary process that rids hospital air supplies of nearly all harmful bacteria sounds too good to be true, yet one early stage business claims to have developed it.
Bournmouth-based Kostech has already made a working machine ready for production and is now seeking to raise £750,000 through business angels to fund a hospital-wide trial within NHS approved parameters.
If the year-long trial is a success, hospitals across the globe are likely to leap on the technology to help in the fight against superbugs, such as MRSA, its backers believe.
Kostech managing director Keith Pollard says the machine, which uses a technique he is currently keeping under wraps, can also be used to turn greenhouses gas emissions from power stations and industry into solid carbon for burial, leaving just water as a by-product, among other uses.
"The process was developed in Australia by an inventor called Kosta Kapitoures," says Keith, who has invested a six-figure sum in the product and spent the past two years developing it and securing tests. "Its first project was to help people with burns by filtering the environment of the room. Bacteria can get through bandages and the world hasn't developed the science of air purification yet.
"The traditional technologies have very limited real time air purification capacities. This doesn't."
Kostech is developing a range of products for initial deployment, from mobile £100,000 to £200,000 units capable of filtering the air of a six to eight person ward, to more cost-effective units that work with hospital air conditioning systems to secure an entire hospital's air supply.
Keith says the product has already passed a rigorous initial testing procedure implemented by one of the world's leading authorities on super-bugs, at Imperial College.
"This system can trap and kill bacteria and it can then be disposed of in the standard yellow bag system. That is a great breakthrough."
In getting this far Keith would point to the value of real personal drive.
"I watched my father go through a quadruple heart bypass. When you know about MRSA exposure you become very paranoid. You need to find a goal that really inspires you."