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Infection Control

From Air Quality To Infection Prevention

February 08, 2012
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With people spending an estimated 90 percent of their time indoors, indoor air quality (IAQ) should be an important consideration year round — and even more so during winter months when there is little fresh air entering a structure because doors and windows remain closed.

According to David Thompson, president of the Green Clean Institute (GCI), the average person breathes in 20,000 breaths in a day, weighing in at 35 pounds of air.

Because of the potential to breathe in plenty of unwanted airborne particulates, IAQ monitoring should be regularly performed and other considerations taken into account that can help lessen instances of poor indoor air.

A recent study, whose findings were published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, found that the older and less expensive a vacuum cleaner is, the more dust and bacteria are released into the air.

As such, one of the very tasks we perform to clean the indoor environment can actually be exacerbating the air quality issue.

This finding highlights the vitality of high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtered vacuums, which can help alleviate some IAQ issues if used regularly and maintained as per manufacturer recommendations.

Stay Healthy

According to a recent survey by Staples Advantage, roughly 70 percent of employees admit coming into work while sick, a phenomenon known as presenteeism.

There are some considerations that can be taken to help improve your chances of remaining healthy this cold and flu season.

Aside from proper and frequent handwashing, other things include:

  • Cleaning and disinfecting common touch points
  • Coughing or sneezing into your arm instead of your hand
  • Minimizing instances of hand-to-face contact
  • Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet
  • Educating others about the importance of hand hygiene and clean environments in remaining healthy.

Don''t Miss Out

As stewards of public health, it is our responsibility to know which dangers are present and be armed with the tools and knowledge to eradicate pathogens before they cause illness or more severe harm to us and building occupants.

Among other things, the 60-minute Infection Control Online Seminar on March 22 at 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) will discuss various disinfection strategies and will outline the steps necessary to properly handle an outbreak in your facility.

Visit www.CMMOnline.com/Online-Resources/Content/Online-Seminars, register for any or all of the events and then submit a question to be answered live during the event by our panel of experts.


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