Since publishing the below story in April of 2016, Infection Prevention and Control professionals have published over a hundred peer-reviewed white papers on the subject of “Hospital Air” and its potential for the transmission of infections. The facts are staggering.
A primary consideration in the struggle to reduce hospital-associated infections is right in front of your face.
Have you ever walked into a room where the sunshine is streaming in through the window? And if you were to look closely, beyond the beauty of the light, you could see that there are millions of particles floating, suspended in the air, so many that you might just begin to wonder. Particulates, pollen, dander, dust mite debris, and who knows what forms of smoke may be present. Is the air everywhere like this air?
Now, imagine yourself in a hospital setting. You are a patient or family of a patient, or maybe even an employee of the hospital. You enter a room where there is a patient who is seemingly recovering from some form of surgery. The air in this healthcare environment, a place where we go to get better, is exposing whosoever enters to harmful pathogens such as MRSA and C diff. Really. Just because we can’t see them, does not mean that they can’t hurt the patients or us.
The presence of deadly pathogens, floating above the newly disinfected table top and floor, have no purpose other than to infect you with any number of diseases. There are even environmental reservoirs of pathogens, pockets of undisturbed air, which avoid all of the most common forms of disinfection, that suddenly come into your presence as a door is opened, or there is an increase in foot traffic around the bed. This is not imagery that is based in fantasy. This is a deadly reality.
Healthcare-associated Infections (HAIs) are infections acquired by patients, staff and visitors in healthcare facilities that result from contact with infected individuals, contaminated air, and surfaces. Every day 1 out of 20 hospital patients acquires one of these infections.
A recent study featured in the American Journal of Infection Control identifies hospital air as a potential route of transmission for infections caused by β-lactam-resistant bacteria. These bacteria are often the cause of nosocomial (healthcare-associated) infections, and they’re getting harder to treat effectively. These so-called superbugs can become airborne and are transmissible that way.
This study is not unique. There are a significant number of papers and articles that are based on “looking” at the air as a potential source of infections within healthcare organizations. You can find and read some of these insightful works here.
Consider the Air:
Research documents on the condition and control of air within healthcare organizations.
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It’s not what you can see that will hurt you.