The number of nosocomial infections (also known as hospital acquired infections) are growing yearly. The fight against these types of infections are of concern to the facility managers and residential care directors and providers. In 2014, the World Health Organisation’s first global report on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) revealed the importance of preventing and containing AMR. AMR is the ability of a microorganism (bacteria, virus and fungus) to stop antimicrobials from working against it. As a result of AMR, standard medical treatments have become, and are becoming ineffective, and simple infections are causing significant harm. This puts high risk patients in residential care at greater risk.
Excessive humidity and moisture in a building can also promote the growth of micro-organisms such as mould or bacteria which cause allergic reactions, respiratory illness and skin problems.