Indoor Air Quality in Healthcare Facilities

  • Stefano Capolongo
  • Gaetano Settimo
  • Marco Gola

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Public Health book series (BRIEFSPUBLIC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Marco Gola, Ambra Mele, Barbara Tolino, Stefano Capolongo
    Pages 27-39
  3. Daniela D’Alessandro, Gaetano Maria Fara
    Pages 41-52
  4. Lucia Bonadonna, Rossella Briancesco, Anna Maria Coccia
    Pages 53-62
  5. Maria Teresa Montagna, Osvalda De Giglio, Maria Luisa Cristina, Roberto Albertini, Cesira Pasquarella, GISIO-SItI Working Group et al.
    Pages 63-71
  6. Umberto Moscato, Alice Borghini, Adele Anna Teleman
    Pages 95-106
  7. Gaetano Settimo, Marco Gola, Veruscka Mannoni, Marco De Felice, Giorgio Padula, Ambra Mele et al.
    Pages 107-118
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 119-132

About this book


This interdisciplinary guide offers background, research findings, and practical strategies for assessing and improving air quality in hospitals and other healthcare settings. Positing good air quality as critical to patient and staff well-being, it identifies disease-carrying microbes, pollutants, and other airborne toxins and their health risks, and provides localized interventions for reducing transmission of pathogens. Effective large-scale approaches to air quality control are also outlined, from green building materials to hygienic HVAC and air treatment practices. Its thoroughness of coverage makes this book a vital resource for professionals involved in every aspect of health service facilities, from planning and construction to maintenance and management.

Among the topics covered:

  • Existing guidelines in indoor air quality: the case study of hospital environments
  • Hospital environments and epidemiology of healthcare-associated infections
  • Analysis of microorganisms in hospital environments and potential risks
  • Legionella indoor air contamination in healthcare environments
  • HVAC system design in healthcare facilities and control of aerosol contaminants
  • Assessment of indoor air quality in inpatient wards

Indoor Air Quality in Healthcare Facilities imparts up-to-date expertise to a variety of professional readers, including hospitals' technical and management departments, healthcare facilities' chief medical officers, hospital planners, sport and thermal building designers, public health departments, and students of universities and schools of hygiene.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Stefano Capolongo
    • 1
  • Gaetano Settimo
    • 2
  • Marco Gola
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction EngineeringPolitecnico di MilanoMilanItaly
  2. 2.Department of Environment and HealthIstituto Superiore di SanitàRomeItaly
  3. 3.Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction EngineeringPolitecnico di MilanoMilanItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-49159-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-49160-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-3698
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-3701
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