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Hospitals Without Air Conditioning
Hospitals that do not have air conditioning, though rare in the
industrialized nations are the norm in the rest of the world. The
complete lack of or limited access to electric power is the obvious
reason for this situation but there are other contributing factors
that are just to difficult to change like the availability of repair
parts, maintenance personnel and money.
The lack of air conditioning presents some other difficult
problems to health care facilities. Namely sanitation. Insects
carrying a large variety of bacteria and viruses can invade open air
facilities at will. The introduction of pesticides can help to
control the crawling varieties of insects, but do little to control
the flying versions and often negatively effect the patents.
The fact that open air health care facilities are open to outside
air makes using air borne gas to control bacteria and viruses
unacceptable. It simply blows away on the breeze.
The protocol for sanitizing working spaces etc. is to spray disinfectant solution on the surface so that the entire surface is wet with the
solution and wipe with a clean cloth or paper towel. Hard flooring
surfaces should be mopped clean and then sprayed and mopped with the