Air humidification in hospitals

Regulating air humidity is of fundamental importance for hospital facilities, as the health conditions of patients, correct functioning of medical equipment, well-being of doctors and visitors and healthcare spending are closely related to it.

The regulation of air humidity plays a fundamental role in a hospital environment, first and foremost to safeguard patients from nosocomial infections. A correct level of relative humidity guarantees the good functioning of medical machinery, which is essential for hospital operations and avoiding dry air helps maintain an acceptable level of comfort for the well-being and performance of patients and medical staff. Managing humidity important in impeding the growth of bacterial colonies in the building as, to develop, they need water and nutrients. It is therefore necessary to avoid the formation of areas where humidity condensates and forms stagnant water, for example in air conduits.

Hospital humidification systems usually humidify fresh air in the ducts rather than directly in the room but, aside from this, their main components are not dissimilar from those for other applications.

However, considering the importance of the processes carried out in these facilities, specific manufacturing measures must be taken to guarantee the hygiene and reliability of installation.

Humidification is an aspect more important than one would think for the operativeness of a hospital facility due to its great impact on the:
development of pathogens and transmission of patient infections;
protection of medical machinery against electrostatic discharges;
well-being and performance of patients and medical staff.

Humidification systems are compulsory in hospitals and the various components must be selected so as to be suitable for application needs regarding hygiene, reliability and connectivity. When possible, choose adiabatic or highperformance isothermal humidifiers as they combine humidification needs with the energy saving objectives to be reached in energy-consuming facilities such as hospitals.

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