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Sniffing out bad air

A complaint from a patient or employee at your healthcare facility is all it takes to signal a potential problem with indoor air quality (IAQ).

First, try to obtain specific information. Be precise about the incident’s time and location. Investigate whether it is an isolated or recurring event. Is it noticed mainly by patients, employees, or both?

In the meantime, consider the following tips adapted from HCPro’s Hospital Safety Center: [1]

Walk-through inspections help you acquire a good overview of worker activities and facility functions that may affect IAQ, and you don’t have to be an industrial hygienist or an environmental engineer to conduct one.

Download the checklist on the Tools page [2], originally appearing in the May 2008 Medical Environment Update [3], to conduct your next IAQ walk-through inspection.

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