Seven Steps to Reduce the Risk of Infectious Disease in Hospitals - Schneider Electric
Healthcare organizations face growing challenges related to infectious disease control. Although adherence to best practices such as frequent hand washing and the use of personal protective equipment are regarded as the leading weapons against infectious disease spread and hospital-acquired infections, the built environment, including the HVAC systems, also play an important role.
Strides in the development of smart building operation management platforms that easily and cost-effectively integrate with a facility’s existing systems can give healthcare providers a powerful tool with which to enhance the effectiveness of their overall infection control programs
Preventing the spread of infectious diseases and protecting patients and healthcare workers from hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), including airborne infections, remain essential priorities for health systems around the world. The global pandemic caused by the spread of the novel coronavirus in 2020 provides one of the more vivid recent examples of why health systems must continue doing everything they can to guard against infectious disease spread within their built environments.
HAIs persist as a major global public health challenge. Current estimates indicate HAIs cost the U.S. health system approximately $35.7 to $45 billion annually.
With new biological threats emerging at an increasing rate, hospitals and health systems will be grappling with growing challenges around infectious disease control for the foreseeable future.
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