Busamed Hillcrest Private Hospital tracks air quality

2017-06-20 06:01
Photo: SuppliedBusamed Hillcrest Private Hospital.

Photo: SuppliedBusamed Hillcrest Private Hospital.

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THE South African Air Quality Act, 2004 defines Air Pollution as the “change in the composition of the air caused by smoke, soot, dust (including fly ash), cinders and solid particles of any kind, gases, fumes, aerosols and odorous substances”.
In recent months the quality of air in the upper Highway area has been a subject of heated debate and concerns related to the impact on residents’ repository systems and health issues have been at the forefront of the discussion.

 “We are constantly monitoring feedback from both our patients as well as staff
with regards to the malodour that has
widely been reported on,” says Japie Greyling, Busamed Hillcrest Private Hospital manager.
“We have recently acquired sophisticated air monitoring equipment which allows us to record the concentration of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide as well as other detrimental gasses to ensure that the air quality in the hospital is maintained at acceptable levels.

 “Opening hospital windows is restricted,” says Greyling, “this means that the air that penetrates the interior is either through the entrances or the air-conditioning system which utilise high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters to provide further purification and the removal of unwanted particles.”

  In order to qualify as a HEPA filter, the filter must satisfy certain standards of efficiency such as those set by the United States Department of Energy.
HEPA filters are critical in the prevention of the spread of airborne bacterial and viral organisms and, therefore, infection.
The hospital maintains a regular record of the air readings and can measure air quality where complaints have been received.



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