Analysis of microorganisms in hospital environments and potential risks

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Abstract

This report provides information on indoor air quality and on associated potential risks in hospitals. Spread and persistence of microbial communities in hospital environments are of huge interest to public health. Hospitals are characterized by high infective risk, firstly cause of the compromised immunologic conditions of the patients that make them vulnerable to bacterial, viral, parasitological and fungal opportunistic infections. Evidence suggests that microbial agents spread through air, surfaces, aerosol and hands. If surfaces may act as a reservoir for some pathogens, hands are an important transmission route. Airborne and aerosolized waterborne microorganisms are taken into consideration, and their presence into the hospital environments is reviewed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringerBriefs in Public Health
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Pages53-62
Number of pages10
Edition9783319491592
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017

Publication series

NameSpringerBriefs in Public Health
Number9783319491592
ISSN (Print)2192-3698
ISSN (Electronic)2192-3701

Keywords

  • Hospital environment
  • Indoor air quality
  • Infections
  • Microorganisms
  • Pathogens

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Policy

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