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Clearing the air: Healthier interiors in healthcare

By Jeffrey Brown / Special to Healthcare Facilities Today 

Every day, we are exposed to thousands of chemicals, in our food, water, the air we breathe, the clothing we wear, the furniture we use and the carpet we walk on. Mounting data suggests that some of the chemicals we come in contact with — in our homes, workplaces, schools and stores — contain toxicants that can have adverse affects on human health and the environment.

Hospitals and healthcare facilities are no exception. In recent years, we’ve learned that certain materials and products we use, including furniture, fabrics, building materials and cleaning supplies, can have negative impacts on patients, staff and our communities—impacts that run counter to healthcare’s healing mission

Growing concern for human health

Research and new findings have led healthcare facilities to become increasingly concerned with certain chemicals that may be linked to conditions like cancer, infertility, birth defects, obesity, asthma and diabetes. Because of these links, many hospitals and healthcare facilities are taking steps to reduce exposure to these chemicals of concern.

For more than 15 years, Practice Greenhealth has guided thousands of hospitals and healthcare facilities to create environments that foster healing and healthy workplaces. With the help of our partner organization, Health Care Without Harm, we’ve seen significant progress in the market for materials and products that promote healthy interiors across the healthcare industry.

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