Hospitals often have a high number of patients and staff coming and going, which can make it difficult to get accurate readings. They also have a variety of different sources of potential radon contamination, such as water, soil, and building materials. As a result, testing requires a lot of time, resources, and coordination from both the facility and radon measurement professionals to ensure that all areas are adequately tested.
Overall, it is important for hospitals to regularly test for radon and take steps to mitigate any high levels that are detected to protect the health and safety of patients, staff, and visitors. To get the most accurate results, AARST recommends having testing performed both day and night in areas that are “significantly occupied” during all times of day. For hospitals, this includes waiting rooms/lobbies, surgery rooms, offices, and patient rooms.