Air Quality Monitoring
The Risk of Infection
The air quality of an area can be compromised without any obvious signs. An airborne infection may spread from a patient before diagnosis has been made whereas dust contamination and fungal spores may be introduced through internal renovation projects. Operational equipment such as ventilators and HVAC systems may be the cause of poor room ventilation meaning airborne pathogens can be transmitted especially between immunocompromised patients.
The Most Susceptible
With a significant number of patients whose immune systems are impaired by medication or infection, it is imperative that hospitals reduce the risk of exposure to air-borne microbes that in turn can cause HAIs. Aspergillus spp. are of particular concern, especially just after construction or refurbishment has taken place and can be of particular danger to patients with lung disease.
It is therefore essential that there is a programme for regular air sampling to reduce the risk of HAIs occurring and to initiate suitable solutions in response to the results of the sampling.
Did you know?
Healthcare associated infections cost the NHS over £1,000,000,000 per anum¹. Airborne transmission is more prevalent in healthcare settings due to overburdened hospitals and the presence of immunocompromised patients²
How Inivos Can Help
Our Air Quality Monitoring can be delivered as a specific project, or as a scheduled managed service contract. Our work is carried out in compliance with all relevant health and safety regulations. This enables us to reduce the risk of a patients acquiring an infection whilst in hospital.
We manage the project from end to end, and keep all stakeholders informed by communicating a complete project plan. Our teams of qualified technicians can work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to ensure rapid turnaround and minimum disturbance or disruption to your clinical schedule. This involves:
Our approach begins with a thorough understanding of your current Health and Safety plan around airborne particles. We then use our insights to design solutions that meet your needs and implement a strategy to keep employees and service users safe by monitoring the bacterial load in the air.
Using the method of snatch sampling, a sample of air is carefully collected in a sealed container by our highly trained technicians. This process is then completed in all the relevant areas to give sufficient evidence. Once the air has been collected, the containers are immediately sealed and placed in a box for transportation. They are then transferred to a laboratory where the samples can be analysed.
Once the samples have been analysed, a comprehensive report giving details of the pathogens discovered in the sample is compiled and presented with validated laboratory results. Recommendations for other services we provide will also be provided.