In recent weeks there has been a lot of news about the Coronavirus. It is on the front pages of all the newspapers and the media talks about nothing else. What exactly is it? Coronaviruses are a family of common viruses whose name comes from the crown-like projections that form on their surfaces. They can cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe respiratory syndromes such as MERS (Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome) and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome). There have already been many victims: 2,626 deaths have been reported worldwide (more than 2,500 in China), 79,524 people have been infected (of which 77,150 in China), and 25,160 people who were diagnosed have gone on to fully recover. The numbers are from the monitoring site of the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University. In Italy, there are 219 confirmed cases. In detail, 167 in Lombardy, 27 in Veneto, 18 in Emilia Romagna, 4 in Piedmont and 3 in Lazio. Five people have died and one has fully recovered. (Data updated to 25/02/2020)
Preventive measures must be scrupulously adhered to, especially in environments such as healthcare facilities and hospitals. The air quality requirements are crucial both in terms of hygiene and prevention and control of airborne infections.
Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a very significant chapter in the study of environmental conditions in the healthcare industry. Organisms present in the air, which are common in a healthcare environment, can be a serious threat to patients who, for example, are immunocompromised or immunosuppressed. A patient suffering from a respiratory tract infection can spread many microbes in the air that are dangerous to other patients, healthcare professionals, relatives and friends.
It’s easy to understand what steps can be taken to monitor and maintain, and consequently to ensure a safe indoor air quality that it is appropriate for a healthcare and nursing environment and well adapted to its different settings, that is comfortable but also able to contribute to preventing nosocomial infections.
Managers of healthcare facilities, in close contact with doctors and nurses working in different hospital contexts or other healthcare facilities, the entrepreneurs involved and maintenance staff should operation in four areas in order to build good practices:
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organisations (JCAHO) has clearly defined and highlighted some basic standards to be met in healthcare organisations.
For this reason, we at General Filter take care of any type of filtration need in the various hospital wards and operating rooms, in compliance with the national and international standards. We offer solutions to meet the specific needs of the various hospital wards and departments and private clinics that rely on our 50 years of experience in the sector.
Please do not hesitate to contact our technical department for more information.
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