How Negative Air Pressure Can Reduce Airborne Diseases
Believe it or not, negative air pressure can actually reduce the incidence of contracting airborne diseases. Since the Coronavirus 19 epidemic first hit, there has much been talk and research regarding how to combat diseases that can be contracted via respiration. Air quality and how to keep the air clean has been a topic of much debate. One of the primary ways that you can reduce the contraction of airborne diseases is through maintaining a lowered air pressure. This maintenance of negative air pressure can help protect you from a wide array of airborne bacteria known to contribute to respiratory disease.
In order to maintain lowered air pressure in a room, it is necessary to employ a machine. This machine will suck air into the room and then filters the air before allowing it to release outside. In a room that uses a lowered air pressure machine, you will be able to feel the air being sucked in from outside via gaps in the doorway or slightly opened windows. These machines make it so that the air pressure inside the room is less than the air pressure outside the room.
The way that negative air pressure treatment for decreasing the likelihood of contracting diseases works is that the person who is being treated for the disease is put into an isolation room that contains the lowered air pressure machine. They are then held in this room for an extended amount of time, while the air that they breathe is being treated by the lowered air pressure machine. This means that each time they breathe out, the disease is released into the air and then the air is treated to clean the disease out of the air before it is then released outside.
Rooms such as these are also known as lowered air pressure isolation rooms, negative pressure rooms, or Airborne Infection Isolation Rooms (AIIR). How effective are these rooms for treatment? They are very effective considering that they are executed according to standards. There must be a minimum of 12 air flow changes for every hour in a negative air pressure machine. HEPA filters must be used in order to do this. The entryway to the room must be properly sealed. In addition, all of the fans and duct work in the building must be operating effectively according to code in order to move the cleaned air out of the room.
There are many different companies that offer the negative air pressure machine necessary in order to maintain a negative pressure isolation room. It is advised that before you make your purchase decision for the medical facility, you do a thorough amount of research as to which brands offer the best air filtration systems. Additionally, you will need to contract with a code inspection officer in order to evaluate whether or not the room or rooms are up to code. It is also important to hire a contractor who can assure that all the entryways to the room are properly sealed.