Can HEPA Filtration of Indoor Spaces Reduce Virus Spread?
Apr 15, 2020
When it comes to virus spread, it is crucial to understand that hospital air filtration equipment is going to significantly help decrease in the spread of particulates from room-to-room. Immune systems are weak, and healthcare workers are on the frontline assisting those who have been compromised. While it is important to protect those individuals, it is also important to protect those that are risking themselves to care for those in the hospital.
The air in hospitals is at an increased risk of containing particulates, which are solid or liquid matter that hangs in the air. Particulates have the potential to aggressively attack the respiratory tract if inhaled. With particulates being a threat in circulating indoor air, indoor air also carries infectious diseases. Hospital air filtration must be equipped with combatting against infectious disease spread, bacteria spread, germ spread, and what is currently going around – virus spread. Therefore, in healthcare facilities and hospitals, HEPA filtration is a weapon that can assist with the decrease of particulate spread.
It is important to note that a High-Efficiency Particulate Air filters, commonly known as HEPA filters are capable of trapping and removing airborne particulates as small as 0.3 microns. This size is known as being smaller than what the naked human eye can see. Hospital HEPA filters will capture 99.97% of all particulates floating through the air, from disease to bacteria, to germ, and many more. These particulates are captured through our dust collection systems by creating a negative pressure within the space. This negative pressure allows any bodily fluids, such as coughs, sneezes, etc. to be trapped in the air and permitted from landing on other surfaces and other people.
Healthcare and hospital facilities are risked with two very prominent airborne threats. Being those biological and inorganic contaminants that enter these facilities via doors leading externally, as well as windows that lead externally. However, with external threats, comes the threat of those contaminants remaining within the facility itself. Endogenous sources are those particulates carried through the air via outside visitors’ breath and touch, personnel’s breath and touch, the clothing is worn by those entering and leaving the facilities, the contaminants remaining on those gifts brought to patients, and the overall supplies & packages brought to continually care for patients. These supplies include, but are not limited to food, masks, equipment, linens, and all other necessary items to feed, care for, and use to treat patients.
Hospital air filtration systems can reduce these airborne threats by taking presence in numerous areas of healthcare and hospital facilities. Hospital HEPA filters should be found in these areas of the facility:
- Infectious disease and isolation rooms
- Compounding pharmaceutical & nutraceutical facilities
- Storage and equipment rooms
- Testing and research laboratories
- Operating rooms
- Treatment and testing rooms
- Areas where critical procedures are currently being performed
Industrial Vacuum Equipment is currently helping hospitals during this challenging time, and we want to continue to help. If your healthcare facilities and hospitals are not currently using a HEPA filter, or an industrial dust collection system to assist with this HEPA filtration initiative, you may want to consider contacting us.
Our team is equipped with the knowledge to explain the three phases of HEPA filtration, as well as enable your healthcare facility to have a proper air filtration system. We share your goal to protect patients and those on the front line. Contact us today to learn more about how a HEPA filtration equipment and our industrial dust collection systems will protect the spread of particulates throughout your hospital and healthcare facilities.