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Particulate Matter in the Hospital Environment

Morawska, Lidia, Jamriska, Milan, & Francis, P. (1998) Particulate Matter in the Hospital Environment. Indoor Air, 8(4), pp. 285-294.

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Abstract

Investigations of particle concentration levels and size distribution were conducted in the complex hospital system of the Royal Children’s and the Royal Brisbane Hospitals. The aim of the measurements was to provide an indication of particulate sources in the hospital environment and relate particle characteristics to the operating parameters of the hospitals. The measurements were performed using the most advanced instrumentation for size classification in the submicrometer and supermicrometer levels. The conclusions from the investigation were (i) that indoor concentration levels of particle numbers are closely related to outdoor concentration levels, indicating that outdoor particulates were the main contributor to the indoor particulates in the hospitals under investigations and (ii) that the performance of filtration/ventilation systems is the most critical parameter in reducing general particulate concentration levels in those hospital units where medical procedures can result in generation of potentially hazardous organic aerosols.

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ID Code: 11486
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: hospital particulates, particle size distribution, filtration/ventilation performance
DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0668.1998.00009.x
ISSN: 0905-6947
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHYSICAL SCIENCES (020000) > OTHER PHYSICAL SCIENCES (029900) > Physical Sciences not elsewhere classified (029999)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1998 Blackwell Publishing
Copyright Statement: The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com
Deposited On: 08 Jan 2008
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:52

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