By maintaining an optimum humidity between 50-60%rH, drying of body tissue is prevented and static charge build-up is eliminated.
The humidity levels in maternity and obstetric departments should always be maintained as babies are particularly sensitive to a dry atmosphere. Also, low relative humidity can severely exacerbate the condition of patients with respiratory problems.
Moisture can be introduced to a hospital atmosphere via the building’s air handling system by releasing steam into the air conditioning ductwork.
Steam is a very popular solution in hospitals as it ensures the moisture being introduced is 100% safe.
Although electrode boiler steam humidifiers are a popular solution to hospital humidification, the installation of more cost-effective resistive steam humidifiers can pay for itself within a few years.