Air quality in doctor's office
The air quality in medical offices is a major parameter.
It is all about protecting doctors, preserving patients and offering good working conditions, comfortable working life to all staff.
What are the 4 origins of degraded indoor air quality?
1) Microbiological contamination
In waiting rooms or in auscultation rooms, space is confined.
Those present people, mainly the patients, are often weakened and even immunocompromised.
The risk of nosocomial infections by cross contamination is naturally higher in these spaces.
However, the main risk is in a waiting room where people spend the most time and patients infect each other.
This risk is confirmed to be higher during the wait than during the face to face between the doctor and his patient.
2) Chemical exposure
The use of drugs, antiseptics and disinfectants is a health risk not only for the patients but especially for the staff present, doctors, nurses, medical assistants.
These disinfectants and cleaning products produce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as formaldehyde, xylene, methanol ...
3) External pollution which is confined
Outdoor pollution enters doctors' offices and treatment rooms and is confined as well as concentrated. It can be two types:
- Industrial pollution
Human activity is the source of these pollutants, they are fine particles of type PM 2.5, PM 10.
They are also gases such as the nitrogen oxide type (NOx), in particular nitrogen dioxide (NO2) from automobile traffic and industry in the broad sense, carbon dioxide (CO2), sulfur dioxide ( SO2) ...
Numerous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) of anthropogenic origin, the best known of which are formaldehyde, benzene and glycol ethers, are carcinogenic.
- Biological pollution
Les particules fines qui ont pour origines les sables portés par les vents.
Pollens, sur des périodes de plus en plus longues même s'il y a bien des pics d’activité notables par types de pollens.
Allergens from our pets
4) Odor pollution
These are the odors linked to the sick people, to the treatment products and to the multiplicity of people present in the same place.
They scare, impact everyone's mood and everyone's morale.
They are clearly a nuisance for everyone.
The best way to prevent the spread of infections naturally is to wash your hands.
Alcohol-based gels or hydroalcoholic solutions are perfect products for this.
Hand washing with soap and water is fine if the process is carried out properly until both hands are completely dry.
In order to ensure good air quality, more and more medical practices are equipping themselves with indoor air purifiers
Thanks to the quality of HEPA filtration and activated carbon, this allows them to reduce the risk of disease transmission and to absorb and destroy volatile organic compounds, odors
It is a so fine filtration that it retains bacteria and even some viruses.
Activated carbon filters, thanks to the quantity of carbon they contain, absorb gases that are harmful to health and some of the odors.