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SAFETY, SECURITY AND

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
VENTILATION
moves outdoor air into a building or a room, and
distributes the air within the building or room

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VENTILATION
3 Basic Elements:
○ Ventilation rate
○ Airflow direction
○ Air distribution/ Airflow Pattern
3 Basic Methods to Ventilate air:

○ Natural
○ Mechanical
○ Hybrid/Mixed mode
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IMPORTANCE OF
VENTILATION
Protecting patients,
visitors, and staff

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Preserves air quality

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Protection of vulnerable
patients

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Extraction/filtration of
contaminated air

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COMFORTABLE
SOUND LEVELS

o Maximum noise level is 40 decibels.


o Machines, ventilation systems, phones, and
people
○ Higher-than-recommended hospital noise
levels may cause patients to lose sleep and
impede their ability to heal

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MANAGING ACOUSTICS IN THE HOSPITAL:

Absorb noise by hanging absorptive wall


panels

Block noise by locating patient rooms


away from high-activity areas

Cover noise by masking/adding more


sound

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FURNITURE AND
CLEAN SURFACES

○ Cleanliness of the patient environment is an


important factor in promoting recovery from
illness.

○ Surface cleaning is certainly not a substitute


for other infection control practices such as
hand washing, limiting medical device usage,
and gowning or gloving when indicated

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