Problem

The rooms of hospitals and medical practices focus on the treatment and recovery of patients. A health-promoting indoor climate is therefore a very important building block in the overall range of a medical facility.

Depending on the season, rooms with a direct effect on the relative humidity either have to be cooled or heated. By heating the rooms in winter, the relative humidity can drop to 10-30% relative humidity (RH). The result is a dehydration of the skin, lips and eyes, which has a quick and immediate effect on human well-being . The function of the mucous membranes in the airways diminishes, and the body is less protected against bacteria and viruses.

An excessively high relative humidity also directly influences the hygienic climatic conditions . Therefore, a guideline of 40-60% relative humidity is given in hospitals and medical practices. Thus, the proliferation of bacteria and other biological contaminants is best prevented.

Solution

An excessively high relative humidity also directly influences the hygienic climatic conditions . Therefore, a guideline of 40-60% relative humidity is given in hospitals and medical practices. Thus, the proliferation of bacteria and other biological contaminants is best prevented.

Therefore, temperature-humidity conditions (eg in operating theaters) are regulated by an EU directive. Strict hygiene regulations for the entire ventilation and humidification system require the use of equipment that provides easy and thorough cleaning and high reliability .

Humidified room air binds dust particles much better than dry ones. The reduced dust deposits and air turbulence can have a positive effect on any respiratory problems in people with allergies or asthma.

If the air humidity is constantly maintained above 45% RH, the risk of electrostatic discharges , which can damage or even endanger patients, especially in sensitive surgical systems , is reduced .

Advantages

Professional humidification in hospitals and medical practices offers the following advantages:

  • The improved well-being of the patients through optimal room climate
  • Increase employee performance
  • Ensuring hygienic climatic conditions
  • Compliance with strict hygiene regulations (eg in operating theaters)
  • Less dust for allergic or asthmatic people
  • Protection against electrostatic discharges