Indoor air quality in healing environments: Impacts of physical, chemical, and biological environmental factors on users

Stefano Capolongo, Gaetano Settimo

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Abstract

Starting from the definition of confined spaces, the paper examines the indoor air quality in healing environments that must be promoters of health and well-being for all the users. In fact, as several authors stated, the main factors of air pollution are bacteria, substances used for therapeutic and diagnostic purposes, odors generated by cleaning and maintenance products, disinfectants, heating systems, ventilation and air-conditioning, building materials, furniture and finishing, as well as the outdoor environment. Moreover, hospitals incorporate a variety of risks that can be divided into physical risks that determinate alteration of well-being or thermal discomfort of users, caused by inadequate microclimatic parameters; chemical risks caused by the contaminations of toxic, harmful, or carcinogenic substances; and biological risks caused by contamination of qualitatively and/or quantitatively inadequate microorganisms. According to the different risks that may occur in a healthcare facility, the paper examines also the role of management and risk assessment on these issues, analyzing the people involved and responsibilities that hospital managers must fulfill to ensure health quality and safety.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringerBriefs in Public Health
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Pages1-11
Number of pages11
Edition9783319491592
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017

Publication series

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

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Indoor Air Pollution
Biological Factors
Confined Spaces
Interior Design and Furnishings
Air Conditioning
Disinfectants
Poisons
Air Pollution
Health
Heating
Ventilation
Hot Temperature
Maintenance
Bacteria
Delivery of Health Care
Safety

Keywords

  • Biological risks
  • Chemical risks
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Indoor air quality
  • Physical risks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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Capolongo, S., & Settimo, G. (2017). Indoor air quality in healing environments: Impacts of physical, chemical, and biological environmental factors on users. In SpringerBriefs in Public Health (9783319491592 ed., pp. 1-11). (SpringerBriefs in Public Health; No. 9783319491592). Springer International Publishing AG. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49160-8_1

Indoor air quality in healing environments : Impacts of physical, chemical, and biological environmental factors on users. / Capolongo, Stefano; Settimo, Gaetano.

SpringerBriefs in Public Health. 9783319491592. ed. Springer International Publishing AG, 2017. p. 1-11 (SpringerBriefs in Public Health; No. 9783319491592).

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Capolongo, S & Settimo, G 2017, Indoor air quality in healing environments: Impacts of physical, chemical, and biological environmental factors on users. in SpringerBriefs in Public Health. 9783319491592 edn, SpringerBriefs in Public Health, no. 9783319491592, Springer International Publishing AG, pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49160-8_1
Capolongo S, Settimo G. Indoor air quality in healing environments: Impacts of physical, chemical, and biological environmental factors on users. In SpringerBriefs in Public Health. 9783319491592 ed. Springer International Publishing AG. 2017. p. 1-11. (SpringerBriefs in Public Health; 9783319491592). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49160-8_1
Capolongo, Stefano ; Settimo, Gaetano. / Indoor air quality in healing environments : Impacts of physical, chemical, and biological environmental factors on users. SpringerBriefs in Public Health. 9783319491592. ed. Springer International Publishing AG, 2017. pp. 1-11 (SpringerBriefs in Public Health; 9783319491592).
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