Improving air quality is top of mind in critical healthcare environments.

In a healthcare setting, airborne pathogens can increase a patient’s risk of developing secondary infections. Products and protocols designed to remove airborne pathogens and improve air quality are a vital part of every facility’s infection prevention strategy.

Airborne pathogens aren’t the only threat. Healthcare facilities are also concerned about detecting and mitigating chemical vapors. For instance, fumes from sterilants, high-level disinfectants, or floor cleaning agents and sealants can diminish air quality and harm healthcare workers. Healthcare Purchasing News highlights some challenges and means for improving air quality, citing nora flooring as a low-emission solution.

Tim Cole, vice president of marketing, nora systems, Inc., says his company’s eco-friendly rubber flooring offers an alternative to traditional floor covering and that it’s also CA 01350-compliant and GREENGUARD Gold certified for low emissions. […] “Rubber flooring does not require stripping, recoating or the application of sealants. The absence of finishes and other chemicals benefits everyone in a healthcare setting, especially those who might be sensitive to smells or suffer from allergies that these products aggravate.”

Healthcare Purchasing News also highlights other effective tools, such as ultraviolet light, HVAC systems, and air monitoring and filtration solutions as a means to improve air quality and reduce risk of illness, especially for patients with weakened immunity. Read on for more innovative ways healthcare facilities are working to clear the air.