Between winter's wrath and this year's violent influenza outbreak, medical facilities are filling to capacity with patients in need of clean, effective care.
While we do our best to disinfect, harmful air quality can cause severe issues, especially in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living, hospice care, and other facilities with increased exposure to bacteria.
Healthcare staff, residents, and patients with pre-existing conditions or who are undergoing treatment are particularly at risk for contracting Hospital-Acquired Infections, or HAI.
The CDC (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) also tells us antibiotic-resistant HAIs are on the rise, affecting more than two million Americans yearly, and resulting in more deaths than auto accidents, breast cancer, and AIDS combined.
Among the most susceptible to drug-resistant conditions in our country are healthcare staff and residents.
Beyond the surplus of pathogens, medical facilities need to monitor and control contaminants unique to their facilities. Mold-loving moisture can accumulate from certain equipment, toxic drugs and chemical vapors can become airborne, and the excess of allergens can circulate, to name a few.
While we can't control every hazard, we can greatly help minimize the spread of contaminants, allergens, and pathogens by managing our indoor air quality. HEPA air filters alone can trap commonly-sized bacteria above 0.3 m, making timely maintenance and filter replacements crucial for warding off infection.
Creating a safe environment at your facility depends on proper maintenance and preventative care, controlling the spread of pathogens before they plague your facility.