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The Relevance of Indoor Air Quality in Hospital Settings: From an Exclusively Biological Issue to a Global Approach in the Italian Context

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Environment and Health Department, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, 00161 Rome, Italy
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Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering Department, Politecnico di Milano, 20133 Milan, Italy
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Atmosphere 2020, 11(4), 361; https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos11040361
Received: 2 March 2020 / Revised: 2 April 2020 / Accepted: 7 April 2020 / Published: 8 April 2020
In the context of the architectures for health, it is an utmost priority to operate a regular and continuous updating of quality, efficacy, and efficiency’s processes. In fact, health promotion and prevention take place through a proper management and design of healing spaces, in particular with regard to the most sensitive users. In recent decades, there has been increasing attention to indoor air quality in healthcare facilities. Nowadays, this issue must involve the implementation of a series of appropriate interventions, with a global approach of prevention and reduction of risk factors on users’ health, which allows, in addition to a correct management of hospital settings, the realization of concrete actions. To date, in Italy, despite the indoor air being taken in consideration in numerous activities and studies aimed at understanding both building hygiene and environmental aspects, the greatest difficulty is strongly related to the absence of an integrated national policy. The scope of the paper is to underline the relevance of indoor air quality in hospital settings, highlighting the need of procedures, protocols, and tools for strengthening and improving interventions for health prevention, protection, and promotion of users. View Full-Text
Keywords: indoor air quality; healthcare settings; chemical and biological pollution; quality improvement; Italian context indoor air quality; healthcare settings; chemical and biological pollution; quality improvement; Italian context
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Settimo, G.; Gola, M.; Capolongo, S. The Relevance of Indoor Air Quality in Hospital Settings: From an Exclusively Biological Issue to a Global Approach in the Italian Context. Atmosphere 2020, 11, 361.

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