Using Fluke Air Particle Counters in Healthcare Facilities

There are a lot of airborne particle forms ranging from animal dander, plant pollen, and airborne bacteria, to fiberglass, asbestos, and combustion particles that are generated from part of the production equipment or process. To properly identify and troubleshoot IAQ problems, the technician needs a tool that not only reads particle concentrations for a spot check but also provides continuous monitoring for process control.

Indoor air quality is highly important and monitoring it is made more easy and possible with the Fluke Air Particle. In the highly sensitive environment of a healthcare facility, where both infection patients and those highly susceptible to infection receive treatment, it is essential to minimize the possibility of infection and disease transmission.

The particle counter can provide facilities managers with the data they need to detect IAQ problems, identify and address root causes, and verify when conditions have returned to the right level.

Importantly, a particle counter enables the healthcare facility manager to:

  1. Document baseline particle counts within a specific area.
  2. Detect when airborne particulate levels diverge from baseline or “normal” levels to keep the levels intact.
  3. Have an early warning of underlying issues, such as changes in operating procedures, equipment malfunctions, maintenance shortcomings, or failure to separate construction zones from patient areas.
  4. Test particle levels after changes have been made to ensure that remedies have been effective.

Different locations have varying levels of acceptable particulate concentrations. In a residential and commercial environment (i.e. homes, offices, hotels), health and comfort concerns and fear for litigation often drive IAQ investigations. In industrial and institutional environments (hospitals, food and beverage plants, electronic and precision manufacturing), energy cost, contamination control, and production yields are the primary concern.

Excessive levels can result in medical conditions such as Sick Building Syndrome, lower productivity, contaminated product, or all of the above. Maintaining acceptable air quality levels not only lower the costs associated with downtime but also reduce or remove costs associated with expensive fixes in the future.

The first step in establishing an IAQ maintenance program is to determine if a problem currently exists. Controlling airborne contamination within healthcare facilities poses a complex set of challenges more than what is mentioned. Numerous additional resources are available to help the professional understand and overcome those challenges. Among those easiest to grasp is the Fluke 985 handheld airborne particle counter.

The key to a successful IAQ investigation is to be aware of the environment as a whole.

Presidium PH’s one of the best product is the Fluke 985, a powerful, rugged, and easy to use tool to assist the technician in identifying particulate problems and authenticating the efforts to address their root cause.

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