Proper Air Duct Cleaning PREVENTs Mass HAI’s
Studies have shown that microbial infected particles can remain in an unfiltered airspace for a considerable amount of time after the initial air suspension. HAI’s are defined by the CDC as infections “for which there is no evidence that the infection was present or incubating at the time of hospital admission.” HAIs are typically acquired 3 different ways:
- Direct Contact between patient and medical staff or visitors.
- Droplet infection through coughing, sneezing, or sharing food.
- Airborne Transmission of microbial infected aerosol particles.
One of the easiest and surest ways to minimize the possibility of HAIs caused by stagnant air flow is to increase the capacity of your HVAC system to filter and move more air throughout your facility. In addition to proper filtration of air, it is also important to have your HVAC system set up to allow for the flow of air from clean to less clean areas of your facility. If your facility is somewhat vintage, the importance of regular and professional cleaning of your HVAC system becomes much more critical in ensuring the health of patients and hospital staff. A regular schedule of vent and air duct cleaning is key to the proper functioning of all ventilation systems whether in the OR, Patient Rooms, or Waiting Areas.