A recent study published in the European Respiratory Journal uncovered numerous negative health effects as a result of poor indoor air quality in nursing homes. As we age, our ability to fight off infections and harmful pathogens weakens. This puts those residing in nursing homes at a greater risk for falling ill, or furthering health complications. This study encourages further air quality testing in Massachusetts nursing homes to help prevent these risks and unwanted health risks associated with indoor air pollutants.
The published study examined five different air pollutants in 50 different nursing homes across seven European countries. These pollutants were PM10, PM0.1, Formaldehyde, NO2, and O3, which can come from indoor heaters and coolers, building materials, cleaning and disinfectant products, and furniture. Researchers conducted health measures on 600 study participants over the age of 65, with an average age of 82. These clinical tests included measures such as lung function testing and the administration of a health questionnaire.
The results of the study found significant negative health effects associated with the different pollutants measured. High levels of both PM10 and NO2 were associated with an increase in breathlessness and coughing amongst study participants. Furthermore, increased levels of PM0.1 were associated with wheezing, and formaldehyde with higher incidences of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). Aside from nursing homes, these results were also seen in residents over the age of 80 in homes with poor ventilation.
These study results should serve as a need for an increased awareness and importance of air quality testing in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. This applies especially to nursing homes, residencies of older individuals, or those with compromised immunity. These tests can help assure that further health complications are prevented and avoided, and improve the living conditions for all residents.
For more information regarding air quality testing in Massachusetts or New Hampshire, contact Purely Green Environmental at 888-291-3773 or 603-886-0345.