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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-92-298-2325, Puerto Rico Department of Health, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Authors
Burton-NC; Martinez-K; Hayden-CS II; Hughes-RT
Source
NIOSH 1993 Jun; :1-43
NIOSHTIC No.
00215679
Abstract
In response to a request for technical assistance from the Puerto Rico Department of Health Secretary, NIOSH conducted evaluations of acid fact bacterium isolation rooms for tuberculosis patients at six regional hospitals and a private clinic (SIC-8062). A visual inspection of the systems as well as a review of the original specifications of the air handling units was completed for each facility. Ventilation systems in all hospitals evaluated were either not functioning or varied from the design airflow. At four of the facilities there was a general flow of air out of the designated isolation rooms into the main corridors. On several occasions isolation room windows and doors were left open. One facility did not have any type of employee tuberculin screening program in place. The ventilation system at the private clinic was set up appropriately. The authors conclude that deficiencies in the ventilation systems of the facilities could potentially contribute to the transmission of tuberculosis from infectious patients to other patients, staff and visitors. The authors recommend that modifications to the ventilation systems be made to meet isolation criteria, and that infection control programs be improved.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-92-298-2325; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-2; Health-care-personnel; Ventilation-systems; Bacterial-infections; Infection-control; Control-technology; Infectious-diseases
Publication Date
19930601
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1993
NTIS Accession No.
PB94-110467
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
HETA-92-298-2325
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS; DPSE
Priority Area
Control-technology
SIC Code
8062
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-92-298-2325, 43 pages, 22 references
State
PR; OH
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