America is home to 5,564 hospitals. When you put that in perspective, that’s 897,961 hospital beds that serve 35,061,292 hospital admissions annually. With 35 million Americans needing the expert medical care a hospital provides each year, it’s important to take a look at how commercial HVAC companies help play a role in their recovery.
Expert commercial HVAC engineers are needed to service the hospital for one of the most important applications of HVAC technology: maintaining the care and comfort of sick and recovering individuals, preventing the spread of disease, and providing sterile conditions for operating and treatment rooms.
Preventing the Spread of Disease
Alarmingly, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a study that concluded over 84% of the 196 cooling towers they tested hosted Legionella DNA. What does this mean? This means that 84% of the cooling towers carried a dangerous bacteria that has been known to cause a very severe, even fatal type of pneumonia. This is especially concerning in a hospital setting where post-operative patients and the medically vulnerable are already at a higher risk for contracting respiratory diseases.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention stated that environmental pathogens like Aspergillus and Legionella, as well as airborne pathogens like Mycobacterium Tuberculosis and Varicella-Zoster Virus, can cause illness among both hospital patients and workers, alike. The CDC states that these potentially deadly pathogens can be fought through specific engineering strategies such as the “appropriate use of cleaners and disinfectants” and “adherence to ventilation standards for specialized care environment.”
Joseph wrote an article titled “The Impact of the Environment on Infections in Healthcare Facilities” that was published in The Center for Health Design. It states:
“The importance of good air quality in controlling and preventing airborne infections in healthcare facilities cannot be overemphasized. Providing clean filtered air and effectively controlling indoor air pollution through ventilation are two key aspects of maintaining good air quality.”
Proper HVAC functioning is crucial to better patient outcomes, hospital infection rates, and indoor air quality due to the delicate nature of balancing air filtration, the direction of airflow, monitoring air pressure, air changes per hour/per room, humidity levels, and ventilation system-cleaning.
The Green Air Difference
Green Air Environmental has a proven track record for their exemplary service to the healthcare community, including being named the 2016 Business Partner of the Year by the Georgia Society of Healthcare Engineers. Green Air was recognized for the dedication to ensuring sterile hospital conditions through managing indoor air quality.
Green Air’s process forgoes harsh and toxic chemicals in favor of the all-natural power of steam and has allowed Green Air to set themselves apart by providing not only expert guidance but a truly sustainable process that we gladly back up with documented data. That’s why Green Air’s process is trusted by over 70 hospitals across the Southeast.
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