July 20, 2017 2:10 pm

Indoor Air Quality in Long Term Care Facilities

We believe that it’s time that clean air is considered a basic human right. We deserve to be protected from unhealthy air in our workplaces, in our schools, and in our healthcare facilities.

Each day, the average person will breathe in roughly 25,000 litres of air. It is a fact that humans spend 90% of their time indoors, and the indoor air that we breathe can actually be more harmful than that which we breathe outdoors. The World Health Organization says that globally at least 2 million people die prematurely because of health issues related to a lack of clean air.

Air filtration plays an essential role in protecting people from the health impacts of indoor air pollution. An investment in quality air filters contributes not only to protecting the health of a building’s occupants, but also serves a financial benefit by reducing sick leave rates and associated medical expenses at workplaces, as well as boosting workplace productivity.

The importance of high quality filtration is even more evident in long term care facilities. Because of their weakened immune systems, elderly individuals are some of the most susceptible to complications related to poor indoor air quality.

Ineffective infection control programs can allow outbreaks of illness to propagate and persist for many months.

Respiratory infections can result in substantial morbidity and mortality in residents of long-term care homes, and outbreaks that require facility closures can also have significant financial impacts.

Improved air quality also makes economic sense because it is an excellent method care-homes can use to attract potential new residents.
Odours in long-term care facilities can have lasting effects on the image and marketability of the facility, as well as its ability to recruit and retain staff.

Health and environmental concerns cannot be separated. Healthy indoor air should not compromise ecological integrity, or the rights of future generations. Delta M operates under this principle. It is to this end that we have worked to innovate the air filtration market with the development of the first and only line of air filters to not only protect human health, but to also prevent unnecessary harm to our planet and to future generations.