Clean rooms are essential to modern health care settings because it allows doctors and nurses to focus on treating the specific diseases rather than being involved in eliminating infections and allergies that may occur as a result of unclean air or surfaces. Ventilation is especially important in medical settings because it may influence the recovery of patients and contribute to a healthy environment in all types of rooms.
Proper ventilation is important because it allows air recirculation, proper oxygen delivery from the ambient air to patients, control of humidity and inhibition of mold and bacteria growth in medical buildings and rooms. Benefiting from professional ventilation services and installations performed by highly skilled ventilation experts creates a healthy environment that consists of clean, recirculated air of adequate humidity.
Saving Money On Ventilation Can Generate Indirect Health Care Costs Later
Improper ventilation of rooms can have dramatic consequences for the patients who are being treated in a particular health care unit. The most vulnerable are individuals with asthma and other respiratory diseases, who are very susceptible to variations in humidity and air quality. Inadequate ventilation can increase the amount of harmful germs in the air, increase humidity and facilitate the growth of mold and bacteria. Even unnoticeable mold can provoke bothersome allergic reactions in patients and even medical personnel in poorly ventilated rooms. Another concern regarding proper ventilation is maintenance of adequate humidity levels in all types of rooms and units, ranging from patient care to the operating/surgical room.
Ventilation professionals are able to evaluate the parameters of each room and install suitable ventilation equipment to support a relative humidity ranging from 30 to 60 percent, which is consistent with humidity level recommendations elaborated by experts in the field. Another important parameter that needs to be effectively sustained by high-quality ventilation is the minimum total air changes per hour, which should range between 6 and 15 total air changes in one hour depending on the type of medical room involved.
Each Medical Room Has Its Own Air Quality Requirements
When hiring a ventilation service to perform professional installation of ventilation equipment in a medical facility, it is important to ensure that they possess the required qualifications and certifications and that they understand and implement the air quality requirements associated with each medical room. For example, the patient rooms, the surgery rooms, the newborn intensive care rooms or medical supply storage rooms have different requirements regarding air quality, which should be materialized in customized ventilation systems installations performed by skilled professionals.
Inadequate placement of ventilation equipment and its power and parameters directly influence oxygen levels in the room, the relative humidity and the air recirculation rate, which in turn influence the growth of harmful bacteria, mold and the removal of potentially allergic particles from the air. Patients with respiratory or cardiovascular diseases are especially vulnerable to low oxygen levels in rooms and poor air recirculation because, due to their medical problems, they have an impaired delivery of oxygen to their body cells.
Choosing to partner with a professional ventilation service company that offers individualized assessment of each medical room and implements customized ventilation equipment depending on air quality requirements is the best option to ensure a clean environment for the patients. Saving money on ventilation or hiring “amateurs” may have dramatic negative consequences in terms of patient recovery and complications so working with professionals is key to success.
Steve Caylor is a cooling tower technician that blogs about environmental issues involving ventilation. His articles have appeared on a range of blogs ranging from healthcare to business. See Tecomak for their environmental solutions.