Brace yourselves. Flu season is upon us, and roughly 20 percent of the US population will experience flu-related symptoms, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. For many of us, especially the elderly and those suffering from medical conditions, these symptoms can become life threatening.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), more than 75 percent of all operations in the United States are performed outside hospitals in outpatient surgery centers (OSCs).
Use of urgent care centers (UCCs) is also expected to rise as the population ages and health insurance coverage increases. According to the Urgent Care Association of America, the wait-times at a UCC average just 30 minutes compared to four hours at hospital emergency rooms.
Light in the Ultraviolet-C (UV-C) spectrum has proven effective in killing virtually all known microorganisms, making it the ideal solution for cleaning HVAC cooling coils and decontaminating the upper air in public spaces such as schools and hospitals.
The potency of UV lamps, however, means that care must be taken when servicing these systems.
Airborne infectious diseases can run rampant in facilities, such as schools and hospitals, if not properly combated. Frequent hand washing and covering one’s nose while sneezing can only go so far, unfortunately, beckoning for a more systematic method of improving indoor environmental quality (IEQ).