Special Issue "Outdoor and Indoor Biological Air Quality and Public Health"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 August 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Roberto Albertini
Guest Editor
Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Parma - Clinical Immunology Unit, University Hospital of Parma, Italy
Interests: aerobiology, biological air quality, operating theatres, clean-room, cultural heritage, pollen, fungal spores, etc.
Dr. Michel Thibaudon
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Guest Editor
Pharmacist, Aerobiologist and Microbiologist. RNSA (Réseau National de Surveillance Aérobiologique, France) and ASPEC (Association for Study and Prevention of Contamination)
Interests: aerobiology, air quality, clean-room, pollen, fungal spores, etc.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

One of the most important problems for indoor and outdoor environment is air pollution. Most studies are dedicated to chemical or physical parameters, and only limited studies focus on biological pollutants as indicators of air quality related to humans and animal health or to artefacts biodeterioration. Biological contaminants include pollen allergens, mould, bacteria, viruses, animal dander, house dust, mites, algae, etc. Indoor environments can even be more problematic considering time spent in living and working environments or the features of specific environments such as pharmaceutical clean-rooms, operating theaters, museums, etc. There are many sources of biological pollutants: some originate from plants, others are transmitted or carried by people and animals or derive from soil and water. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning devices can become breeding grounds for many biological contaminants and can then contribute to their spread. Most biological pollutants are small enough to be inhaled, triggering respiratory allergic reactions, infectious illnesses, or toxic diseases. Children, elderly people and patients with breathing problems, allergies, and lung diseases are particularly susceptible to disease-causing biological agents. Worldwide, there are outdoor monitoring networks that study the spread of fungal spores and pollen. Recently, real-time sampling systems have been developed. Still, much remains to be done to define sampling standards or thresholds values for biological airborne pollutants. This Special Issue could provide a synthesis of these topics and a useful tool to propose targeted preventive measures. The keywords listed below provide an outline of some of the possible areas of interest.

Dr. Roberto Albertini
Dr. Michel Thibaudon
Guest Editors

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  • Aerobiology
  • Biological air quality
  • Allergens
  • Microorganisms and viruses
  • Pollen
  • VOCs
  • Sampling and monitoring
  • Survey networks
  • Modelling and forecasting
  • Public health
  • Preventive measures.

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The Influence of Surgical Staff Behavior on Air Quality in a Conventionally Ventilated Operating Theatre during a Simulated Arthroplasty: A Case Study at the University Hospital of Parma
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(2), 452; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17020452 - 10 Jan 2020
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Surgical staff behavior in operating theatres is one of the factors associated with indoor air quality and surgical site infection risk. The aim of this study was to apply an approach including microbiological, particle, and microclimate parameters during two simulated surgical hip arthroplasties [...] Read more.
Surgical staff behavior in operating theatres is one of the factors associated with indoor air quality and surgical site infection risk. The aim of this study was to apply an approach including microbiological, particle, and microclimate parameters during two simulated surgical hip arthroplasties to evaluate the influence of staff behavior on indoor air quality. During the first hip arthroplasty, the surgical team behaved correctly, but in the second operation, behavioral recommendations were not respected. Microbiological contamination was evaluated by active and passive methods. The air velocity, humidity, temperature, and CO2 concentration were also monitored. The highest levels of microbial and particle contamination, as well as the highest variation in the microclimate parameter, were recorded during the surgical operation where the surgical team behaved “incorrectly”. Turbulent air flow ventilation systems appeared more efficient than in the past and very low air microbial contamination was reached when behavior was correct. Therefore, adherence to behavioral recommendations in operating theatres is essential to not undermine the effectiveness of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems and employed resources. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Outdoor and Indoor Biological Air Quality and Public Health)
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