Catherine Helliker, marketing manager for danfloor UK, looks at the importance of air quality in effective infection control, and explains how antimicrobial carpets can play a key role
The average Briton spends around 90 per cent of their time indoors. If you have mobility issues and rely on walking aids or carers to navigate your environment, your time spent indoors could be even higher.
Now consider the ambient room temperature that a care home should maintain. Recommendations state that this should be somewhere between 18-21 degrees. During the colder months of the year, it is tempting to try and keep residents warm by keeping all the windows and doors shut, but good ventilation has been proven to reduce infection risks and can improve the health and wellbeing of people living and working in care homes
Many new build care homes have invested heavily in ventilation systems, especially in light of the pandemic, but older homes may rely on traditional heating systems in the winter and, in the warmer months, natural ventilation from windows, which provide no opportunity to filter out potential pollutants, or air conditioning units, which simply cool and recirculate air
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