Ventilation is vital to new visitor rooms construction
Fresh air is central in the creation of new visitor rooms at all OSJCT homes
Research has proven that a room ventilated with fresh air can reduce the risk of infection from particles by more than 70 per cent.
The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) has made fresh air ventilation a key element in the creation of new visitor rooms at all of our 66 care homes across the country.
The Government has released a video to support the importance of ventilation as part of wider ‘Hands. Face. Space’ guidance.
The film, which will be shown across social and digital advertising in England, illustrates how coronavirus lingers in the air in spaces with no fresh air, increasing the risk of people breathing in infected particles.
As we spend more time indoors, experts are recommending that people can open windows for short, sharp bursts of 10 to 15 minutes regularly throughout the day or leave windows open a small amount continuously to remove any infected particles lingering in the room.
Airing indoor spaces is particularly important when:
- people have visitors (when permitted) or tradespeople in their home, for example for construction or emergencies
- someone from a support bubble is meeting with another household indoors
- a care worker is seeing a patient indoors
- someone in the household has the virus, as this can help prevent transmission to other household members
Our visitor rooms are under construction across the country and OSJCT has ensured they are all ventilated with fresh air by means of natural ventilation or by mechanical ventilation where fresh air is drawn in and extracted out.