American hospitals are being pushed to the limit as they deal with the ongoing pandemic. In order to handle the influx in patients and keep people as safe as possible from infection, field hospitals are being set up in parks, convention centers, and other places for public assembly. Using these spaces for medical purposes comes with a set of challenges. Amongst those challenges is retrofitting the spaces to ensure that the air quality inside meets the standards required for medical treatment.
Ventilation is key
With the risk of infection being as high as it is, consistent air circulation is of the utmost importance. Many field hospitals are implementing mechanical negative air pressure systems, which works by circulating air in such a way that the air inside is at a lower pressure than the surrounding air. Air naturally flows from areas where air pressure is higher to areas where it is lower, meaning the inside area of focus is constantly being changed with new air. While this method is very effective in keeping the air free of contaminants, it is not an all-in-one solution for ensuring air quality.
Quality air requires more than ventilation
Negative air ventilation systems circulate air using a difference in pressure, but in some cases, the air moving from high-pressure areas to low-pressure areas is not conditioned. In other words, while air contaminants might be greatly reduced, it could also be hot and humid. This is especially the case when field hospitals are constructed in parks or other outdoor areas, where exposure to the sun can cause a greenhouse effect inside.
Ventilation systems do not ensure air quality alone. In order to control humidity and temperature, it is important to retrofit field hospitals with dehumidification and air conditioning. Elevated temperatures and excess moisture indoors is not only uncomfortable, but it can also be dangerous. Field hospitals absolutely must have properly conditioned air for workers to be able to do their jobs and for patients to have the best chance at recovery. In this challenging time, Polygon is by your side and ready to retrofit field hospitals with engineered solutions to guarantee ideal air quality.
Polygon’s Engineered Solutions
Polygon offers commercial dehumidifiers, air conditioners, and remote monitoring solutions so that field hospital directors can have absolute control over the temperature and humidity in the facility. A Polygon representative will access the facility’s needs and retrofit it with a tailor-made solution so that no part of the facility goes untreated. Let Polygon be your air quality expert so that you can focus your attention on what matters most: patients. And by equipping the field hospital with 24/7 remote monitoring, air quality problems can be addressed immediately.
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The Polygon family would like to express our immense gratitude to all the healthcare workers who are putting their safety on the line in order to help those in need. Thank you for your tireless efforts during this pandemic.