Failing to make patient safety a top priority of can have detrimental effects.
Hospital-acquired infections (nosocomial infections) are one of the leading causes of death in the United States, the CDC reports 75,000 in 2014.
Nosocomial infections are transmitted in hospitals through three main environmental routes — air, surface contact and water.
As hospitals continue to get penalized, many are focusing on measures to reduce their nosocomial infections, Hospital Acquired Infections, and increase patient comfort with improved Indoor Air Quality.
Some airborne infections are spread when dust and pathogens are released from contaminated ductwork.
The indoor environment impacts productivity, morale, health and welfare, which ultimately affects the retention of staff.
In a study by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory they found that improved IAQ improves worker productivity by 0.5% to 5% (A national workforce impact potential of $20-$200 billion).
The two critical components to eliminating infections are: