01/14/2011 // Riverdale, NJ, USA // Camfil Farr // Lynne Laake
(Air Filtration News) – Hospitals — in ever-increasing numbers — have realized that sustainability is an essential ingredient of their operations, and their future. Now they are getting some help in achieving it. A new website — The Sustainability Roadmap for Hospitals (http://www.sustainabilityroadmap.org) — has been created to give hospitals and other healthcare organizations information on how sustainability is changing and benefiting the industry, and how they can benefit, too.
A collaborative effort of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering, the Association for the Healthcare Environment, and the American Society for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management, the site gives an overview of sustainability, explains what is driving it within the healthcare industry, provides strategies for starting — and succeeding at — sustainability initiatives, discusses various projects and how they have been implemented, and steers users to helpful external resources.
Sustainability, of course, has become an important focal point for the healthcare sector. By enabling hospitals to make more efficient use of resources — using less energy, creating less waste, requiring less water, emitting less carbon into the atmosphere — healthcare facilities can save money, provide superior care, and take less toll on the environment. It’s a classic win-win scenario — but first hospitals have to implement the necessary procedures, systems, and infrastructure.
That’s where the new site comes in. It helps hospitals and other healthcare facilities explore and consider the various steps that make sustainability possible, such as using products and technologies that provide better results while requiring fewer resources. Already, hospitals that have embraced sustainability are seeing results. For example, facilities using products designed from the ground up for sustainability save energy costs without sacrificing performance.
Indeed, hospitals that have taken a close look at their air filtration systems have discovered how simple it is to achieve significant savings while maintaining — and often improving — patient care. Healthcare facilities using Camfil Farr hospital air filtration systems have seen their HVAC energy costs drop by 15 to 30 percent. Their increased media area and unique product configuration ensures a low resistance to airflow resulting in significant energy savings. Camfil Farr air filters also feature an innovative fine fiber media construction that allows the filters to maintain efficiency throughout their entire service life — in contrast to traditional air filters that degrade over time.
Camfil Farr air filters can be replaced less frequently, disposal and replacement costs decrease, as well. Meanwhile, patient care is improved since the hospital air filters do a better job keeping dangerous particles out of the indoor environment, reducing infections — no small consideration in a healthcare environment.
With the help of the new website, more hospitals will be able to achieve results like these. They’ll get the knowledge, and the tools, needed to bring sustainability to their doorstep — and bring a better future to all of us.
*The world leader in air filtration systems and clean air solutions — for health care and other industries — Camfil Farr provides the tools to achieve sustainability, maintain high air quality, and reduce airborne infections; all while lowering total cost of ownership. We’ve helped hospitals, office buildings, hotels, and other facilities go green without ever sacrificing performance. For more information on air filtration systems, visit our newsroom at http://breakingnews.green-air-filters.com, read about the Clean Air Solutions Company at http://green-air-filters.com, or call us at (toll free) 888.599.6620.
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