According to a Statista Report, roughly 35 million people were admitted into United States hospitals in 2016, and those numbers continue to increase each year.
What does this have to do with air control and quality? Healthcare facilities, like nursing homes, hospitals, and health clinics, are designed to intake countless patients and by virtue, rely on successful air systems to efficiently run their facility.
For the last few decades, these kinds of facilities have evolved in size and complexity, with many growing into multiple structured buildings. This creates a unique dilemma when it comes to HVAC systems. In order to maintain air control and abide by certain federal and state air regulations, healthcare facilities require a variety of backup solutions with alternate power sources. These backup sources can decrease the threat of an emergency or come in handy when routine HVAC maintenance is required. But what happens when these systems are vulnerable to emergencies?
What Happens When Hospital HVAC Systems Fail?
Hospitals cannot run efficiently without proper air systems. Depending on the age of the HVAC equipment, weather, time of year, and maintenance preformed, it is possible for these units to crash. When these situations occur:
- Millions of dollars are jeopardized
- Patient care declines
- Humidity levels increase
- Risk of infection increases
- Surgical procedures are delayed
- Local emergencies are rerouted to other hospitals
- Bacteria growth can rapidly increase
One of the main issues during an emergency of this nature is the safety of the patients that are receiving treatment. Not only is patient comfort part of this equation, but specific air temperatures are critical for a patient’s well-being. For example, burn victims require a warm environment, while MRI, CAT, or EEG scanning equipment all require cooling and air quality requirements to operate effectively.
Sick Building Syndrome
Poorly regulated or failing HVAC units can cause sick building syndrome (SBS), a term that is used to explain the effects of poor air quality due to inadequate HVAC. SBS can cause a variety of symptoms such as dizziness, fatigue, and headaches. One of the main contributing factors of SBS is relative humidity, which is measured by the amount of moisture in the air comparative to how much potential moisture the air can hold at a given temperature. The important detail to understand is that when relative humidity is too high or low it can be troublesome for health care facilities. Generally, a relative humidity between 35% to 65% is considered safe, fluctuations on either end of the spectrum promote infectious disease, asthma, mold growth, respiratory issues, and discomfort.
How Can We Help?
Priority Rental provides quality air systems that can keep your hospital running during your time of need. Our units are portable, easy-to-use, and available for emergencies.
With warehouses in Philadelphia and New Jersey, you can rely on our trained technicians to deliver and install our units quickly. Don’t allow your emergency to affect patient care and business. Learn more about how we can help your hospital or contact us for support.