You have requested access to member only content.

Keeping wildfire smoke out of your facility

With over 100 fires destroying entire towns and displacing hundreds of thousands of people, 2020 was one of the worst wildfire seasons on record for the West Coast (see Healthcare under fire: Treating patients during the 2020 wildfires).

The smoke released from these fires was visible from space and caused air quality warnings across Washington, Oregon, and California. On peak smoke days, officials urged people to stay indoors to avoid breathing in smoke particles. Residents were advised to keep their windows and doors shut and filter their incoming air the best they could. 

An increase in smoke also puts more pressure on air filtration systems for hospitals and clinics. Filters get loaded down faster, smoke particles enter the building, and patients and staff are put at risk—particularly people with heart or lung disease, elderly patients, and children. 

Wildfires are only expected to grow in intensity and frequency, and hospitals and healthcare organizations need to 

This is an excerpt from members-only content. Please log in or become a member to access the full content.

Not a member? Let's fix that!

A membership to Accreditation and Quality Compliance Center provides accreditation and safety professionals with a collection of continuously updated tools, best-practice strategies, and compliance tips developed by industry experts. With two membership options, you can customize your access level depending on your education and training needs.

Register to access the free content available on the site or become a member today. Click here for more information.

For questions and support, please call customer service: 1-800-650-6787.