Pressure Management in Health-Care Facilities

Pressure Management in Health-Care Facilities

Differential pressure influences airflow direction and intensity. This article discusses the use of pressure control in managing infectious diseases.

Why is air-pressure important to a health-care facility? Health-care facilities are environments in which numerous infectious diseases, some of which are transported by air, must be controlled because of their proximity to patients, many of whom have suppressed immune systems because of their ages or ailments. Another concern is the diseases' proximity to health-care workers, who often unwittingly are exposed to patients who have yet to be diagnosed.

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