Nosocomial Infection – an infection acquired in a hospital; also referred to as healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).
According to the CDC, HAIs are infections patients can get while receiving medical treatment in a healthcare facility. The CDC estimates that two million people per year in the United States are infected by an HAI, resulting in 20,000 deaths.
The most common types of nosocomial infections are:
- Urinary tract infection
- Surgical site infection
- Blood Stream infection
- C. diffcile
Preventing the spread of HAIs can range from washing hands to properly maintaining the healthcare facility’s indoor air quality. Some HAI’s are airborne and do not require direct contact with an infected person. Regular upkeep of hospitals’ indoor air quality may prevent the spread of airborne nosocomial infections.
IAQ audits can be administered to determine possible airborne contaminants. Carolina Filters performs innovative technology for air quality testing by taking samples of the air. Once a third party testing laboratory analyzes and identifies the containments, CFI engineers create customized methods to improve the indoor air quality.
In addition to identifying airborne impurities, IAQ audits provide insight that can lower operational costs by reducing energy usage, increase staff productivity, prolong equipment’s life and verify room air pressurization.
When it comes to excellent indoor air quality for healthcare facilities, Carolina Filters provides the highest level of service and expertise. From air duct cleaning to HVAC maintenance, CFI understands the importance of HAI prevention. Our highly trained technicians are dedicated to performing sanitary work that surpasses industry standards. Contact us today to learn how CFI can help improve your healthcare facility’s IAQ.
To find out how your state compares to the national average, visit the CDC.gov and select your state.