A Prescriptive Approach to Air Quality in Healthcare

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Florence Nightingale prescribed outdoor air and indoor ventilation for the treatment of tuberculosis patients as early as 1860. The “Spanish flu” of 1918 gave rise to open-air hospitals on Brookline Hill in Boston. In fact, physicians advocated open air and “Change of Air” treatments as far back as the mid-1700s.

Today, in a post-COVID pandemic world, the importance of Air Quality in healthcare settings is again gaining priority. CDC and ASHRAE standards recommend a complete changeover of air 6 times per hour, use of HEPA filters, and improved ventilation for fresh air intake depending on the area of the hospital. To meet the emerging guidance, while ensuring the safest and healthiest conditions for both patients and healthcare workers, a “prescription” is needed for facility managers to assist them with addressing the guidance while maintaining the HVAC equipment and controlling operating costs.

In this session developed by Liana Palaikis, PhD, colleague Alexander Ramsey will discuss a holistic strategy for HVAC and Indoor Air Quality health. He will share key insights for “treatment” including baselining environmental conditions; balancing compliance, budget and sustainability goals; fitting equipment and floorplans for continuous, real-time monitoring; and using smart analytics to create impactful corrections.

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3/23/2023 9:15:00 AM

End Time:

3/23/2023 10:15:00 AM

1. How to assess and achieve compliance, operations and sustainability goals
2. Implementing an indoor air quality strategy
3. Tools for accomplishing and maintaining IAQ objectives
4. Financial and operational impacts of real-time monitoring

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