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Tip of the Week: Hospitals have unique challenges to ensure air quality

Hospital Safety Insider, February 17, 2011

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One of the main issues hospitals face when it comes to clean air quality is the patients they tend to. Patients can pass on their different infections via airborne transmission.

Leo Old, MS, CIH, PE, CHFM, is an industrial hygiene officer at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. He gives suggestions in Briefings on Hospital Safety about how to keep a safe airborne environment.

To sustain a safe airborne environment within a healthcare facility, you must design, construct, and maintain your mechanical and other building systems. Headline-grabbing diseases such as severe acute respiratory syndrome have forced hospitals to take a close look at their systems and capabilities, Old says. Hospitals need to know they can treat an influx of patients if there is a disease outbreak.

Visit Briefings on Hospital Safety to read more on the challenges hospitals face to ensure good air quality.

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