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Twenty-three Hospitals in Taipei City Monitor Indoor Air Quality in Real-Time

Air quality monitor display at hospital The Taipei City Government’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) said today (October 3) that in order to protect the respiratory health of patients and hospital employees, as well as to improve hospitals’ indoor air quality management, the agency has assisted hospitals in voluntarily installing automatic indoor air quality monitoring systems.

Currently, 23 hospitals within the DEP’s jurisdiction have all installed the system. According to the DEP, after installing the automatic monitoring equipment, the indoor air quality can be monitored in real-time, allowing hospitals to improve poor air quality immediately and significantly increase the efficiency of air quality maintenance.

The DEP commented that the Environmental Protection Administration of the Executive Yuan announced venues to be inspected in 2014 and 2017. Currently, 8 medical centers and 15 regional hospitals are included in the list of venues to be inspected for indoor air quality. Environmental Protection Commissioner Liou Ming-lone commented that hospitals’ indoor air quality is crucial in minimizing cross-infection among patients, and in protecting the health of the medical staff. The agency conducted an indoor quality inspection for hospitals in the fall of 2017, and discovered that the indoor air quality of 7 hospitals exceeded legal standards, highlighting the need to introduce an automatic monitoring system to help maintain air quality, guarantee the public’s respiratory health, and reinforce indoor air quality management within hospitals.

The agency elaborated that, after extensive meetings with various hospitals to promote the policy and exchange opinions, hospitals experiencing difficulties in implementing this policy were offered assistance, and now all 23 hospitals have installed an automatic monitoring system. As a result, the system is able to effectively help the hospitals’ air quality management personnel to monitor indoor air quality in real-time.

In the future, this monitoring system can be linked to the air conditioning and ventilation systems in order to regulate indoor air quality automatically. Eleven hospitals in particular - including 7 branches of Taipei City Hospital - have installed displays to show this monitoring data, giving patients a way to quickly ascertain information about the environmental air quality within the hospital.

The DEP stated that 73 venues in Taipei City were equipped with an automatic monitoring system including the National Taiwan Museum, Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei Bus Station, and Taipei City Hall Bus Station. The agency also appealed to other public venues that have yet to install automatic indoor air quality monitoring system to do so as soon as possible, as it not only guarantees the employees’ right to respiratory health but also ensures that citizens are able to enjoy fresh air in public venues.