The use of engineering controls to disinfect Mycobacterium tuberculosis and airborne pathogens in hospital buildings

C. B. Beggs, J. K. Donnelly, K. G. Kerr, P. A. Sleigh, D. D. Mara, G. Cairns

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Abstract

Nosocomial infections are a major problem in many hospital buildings, with approximately 10% of patients acquiring such an infection during a hospital stay. Airborne transmission is one of the important routes for a number of nosocomial pathogens. To combat this problem there are a number of engineering control strategies, such as the use of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation and advanced ventilation techniques, which can be used. This paper outlines the 'state of the art' in air disinfection, and reviews recent research work in this field. Copyright (C) 2000 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-27
Number of pages11
JournalIndoor and Built Environment
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2000

Keywords

  • Air disinfection
  • Hospital buildings
  • Infection control
  • Tuberculosis
  • Ultraviolet
  • Ventilation

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