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The COVID-19 pandemic shone an enormous spotlight on the cracks in the U.S. healthcare system and the areas in which hospitals could improve regarding infection control standards and conditions.

During the height of the pandemic, many hospitals were inundated with infected patients and had to scramble to figure out ways to accommodate them. Many healthcare facilities did not have enough negative pressure and isolation rooms in which to treat patients without the risk of airborne transmission to other areas of the building. Others did not have access to enough personal protection equipment for staff.

As a result of the pandemic and the challenges it caused for the healthcare system, many hospitals across the country have made or planned facility upgrades and alterations. These renovations have included increasing isolation room capacity, limiting shared staff spaces, isolating operating rooms, and designing features that can be more easily cleaned, according to Healthcare Design.

As hospitals undergo renovations and new construction, it is critical that they ensure they meet infection control parameters to avoid retroactive adjustments that could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Life Balance Technologies generates air balancing and testing reports for hospitals through a unique software that is not only more effective, but less expensive, and can help healthcare facilities identify deficiencies before it is too late. SāfAir creates a virtual map of a building’s life safety drawings, which cover 100% of a facility’s floor plan, vs. 15-20% for the traditional air balance test. The software is revolutionizing the air balancing and testing industry and has the potential to save hospital systems millions of dollars.

To learn more about Life Balance Technologies and the SāfAir software, visit our Software page.