Hospitals Are Getting Penalized Due To The Growing Number Of Infections

Are these Silent Killers getting through your air ventilation system?

Patient safety and comfort are the top priority of any health care organization.

As hospitals continue to get penalized, many are focusing on measures to reduce their nosocomial infections and increase patient comfort with Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).

In fact, hospital employees are part of the problem as well.

Doctors, nurses, housekeeping, maintenance and administration are a critical component to patient safety.

The indoor environment impacts productivity, morale, health and welfare. Which ultimately means the retention of the workforce (or lack thereof).

But there’s more.

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).

Outdoor air quality is considered to be benefit to IAQ but there’s two VERY common but VERY dangerous conditions when it’s actually harmful:

These two areas are dangerous because they inject harmful carbon monoxide gases into the air ventilation system.

Temperature and humidity are another important factor to pay attention to as well.

Too much hot, humid air exceeding a building’s handling capabilities will result in temperature and humidity that are outside of the required range.

This can result from insufficient (where not enough filtering is provided) or deficient (where filters have not been properly replaced when necessary) filtration within air-handling systems.

Advanced environmental control techniques and are now being developed to better manage IAQ in health care facilities.

These techniques include:

These techniques create additional requirements during construction that cost more and delay project deadlines.

As a result, contractors are becoming a necessity in providing solutions for indoor air quality in health care construction. Which makes renovation significantly more complex.

Hospital-acquired infections (nosocomial infections) are one of the leading causes of death in the United States.

They typically affect patients with compromised immune systems. Nosocomial infections are transmitted in hospitals through three main environmental routes — air, surface contact and water.

Airborne infections are spread when dust and pathogens are released during hospital renovation and construction activities and due to contamination and malfunction of the hospital ventilation system.

The two critical components to eliminating infection are:

DO NOT Go Another Day Without Providing Clean Filtered Air

Comfort First Products specializes in indoor air quality products that work to increase comfort and improved airflow while maintaining a proper system balance.


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