Healthcare-acquired infections are dangerous to patients and can be very costly for the facilities in question. Since procedures and processes that are high risk for infection are performed in places like operating rooms and central processing, ensuring proper pressurization and ventilation to avoid infection is a matter of life and death.
The Joint Commission has made pressurization an increasingly important area of focus in recent years. An incorrectly held assumption is that a hospital's existing mechanical system is configured for proper ventilation and pressurization, simply because it was at the time of design. Unfortunately, even if the initial design met the standard, that doesn't mean it remains in compliance. Complex environments, aging infrastructure and changing codes are all challenges to maintaining proper pressurization.
Read this post for tips on how to ensure your hospital's pressurization and ventilation is compliant and protecting patients...
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