WASHINGTON — Core
, one of the most recognized providers of commercial indoor air quality (IAQ) services, provides testing to ensure the air in health care facilities doesn''t lead to nosocomial infections, according to a press release.
There are a reported 1.7 million hospital acquired infections diagnosed each year in the United States: A study sponsored by Resources for the Future
and reported in a 2006 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine reported that hospital acquired infections added $8.1 billion in additional medical costs that year, the release stated.
According to the release, nosocomial infections can be caused by touching unclean surfaces, interactions with medical professionals who have not properly washed their hands or by indoor air quality problems: IAQ problems in hospitals and other health care settings are of great concern because so many patients have weakened immune systems due to illness or age.
"A number of issues can cause IAQ problems that could lead to nosocomial infections in health care environments," reported Don Makin, indoor air quality director of operations for Core.
"Moisture damage, improperly maintained HVAC systems and construction and remodeling can all lead to pathogens being released into the air. At Core, we can identify IAQ problems, provide solutions and even conduct proactive measures to prevent problems from happening in the first place. Core provides a complete solution," Makin added.