UV-C and Hospital Infection Control
Each year, more than two million people contract a hospital-acquired infection (HAI) that can also be antibiotic-resistant. In 2013, these infections resulted in at least 23,000 deaths (CDC). In fact, HAIs kill more people than AIDS, breast cancer, and auto accidents combined.
Emerging diseases — such as Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) — demand vigilance by health care facilities to protect workers, facility staffs, patients, and visitors from the spread of these pathogens.
There is, essentially, a war being fought on three fronts of infection control: HAIs, antibiotic resistant microorganisms (ARMs), and emerging diseases.
Engineering for infection-control systems in health care facilities plays a pivotal role in fighting this battle. Guidelines exist, such as the ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170-2013, Ventilation of Health Care Facilities (ASHRAE 2013); however, no single guide encompasses all of the information and/or proven suggestions engineers will need.
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