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Natural Ventilation for Infection Control in Health-Care Settings

Editors: James Atkinson, Yves Chartier, Carmen Lúcia Pessoa-Silva, Paul Jensen, Yuguo Li, and Wing-Hong Seto.

Geneva: World Health Organization; .
ISBN-13: 978-92-4-154785-7

Overview

Adequate ventilation can reduce the transmission of infection in health-care settings. Natural ventilation can be one of the effective environmental measures to reduce the risk of spread of infections in health care.

This guideline first defines ventilation and then natural ventilation. It explores the design requirements for natural ventilation in the context of infection control, describing the basic principles of design, construction, operation and maintenance for an effective natural ventilation system to control infection in health-care settings.

Contents

This document is the product of collaboration between WHO Water Sanitation and Health (WSH) and WHO Biorisk Reduction for Dangerous Pathogens (BDP)

The designations employed and the presentation of the material in this publication do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the World Health Organization concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. Dotted lines on maps represent approximate border lines for which there may not yet be full agreement.

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Copyright © 2009, World Health Organization.

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Bookshelf ID: NBK143284PMID: 23762969

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