How to Control Environmental Pollution Risks in a Hospital

One of the most common perceptions about hospitals is that it was full of infectious bacteria and pollutants that could otherwise put more harm to patients.

With its enclosed spaces and sick people just around the corner, hospitals should be kept at its cleanest to avoid any complications it may bring.

Most of these particles float in the air but could be stripped clean by vacuum, dusters, and even sweeping.

To avoid any further complications, hospital administrators should follow the steps below to ensure the health and safety of the people visiting the building.

Common particle pollutants include lint, dust, smoke and fibers. Here are several steps to follow in keeping hospitals free of germs and other environmental pollutants:

A hospital should have adequate ventilation. One of the key factors that contribute in the growth and spread of bacteria and environmental pollutants is the inadequate air flow in a particular room. The moisture and the humidity in one place is the ideal place for bacterial growth, so make sure that the ventilation and the air conditioning system is working properly to avoid negative effects to patients staying in the room.

There are also some modern ways to keep the positive ions flowing inside the rooms. Machines such as the ionizer can keep the room clean while keeping the cost low.

Identify what are the different types of indoor air pollutants that could accumulate in one place. Doing this will not only help you know how to deal with the problem but also help you save up on the cost of the equipment that you will need to install inside the room.

Have a well-managed disposal system. By implementing the proper way of disposing trash and other medical waste, you will be able to eliminate about 70 percent of the possible threat to the health of the people staying in the hospitals. The cleaner the hospital environment, the more you reduce the chance of spreading the disease.

Orient the hospital staffs and patients about composting, recycling, and waste management. This could help them keep the room clean without having to spend more time in cleaning the room.

Contagious and other infectious medical wastes should be burned in a proper incinerator to avoid infection to the nearby residences. Most of the technologically advanced hospitals do have incinerators that do not putout smoke and does not posed air pollution.

Establish a holding area. Establishing a holding are for those who are sick and those who are just visiting could lower the case of infection of air-borne diseases such as coughs, colds, and other respiratory illnesses.

This will also limit the sterilizing needed in one room and could lower the cost of cleaning.

Know the alternative waste treatment. Most of the air pollutants are invisible to the naked eye. These include particles, gases, biological, and radon. Know what you should do in case of incidents caused by these factors to avoid further spread throughout the building.


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