Review the work that engineers and clinicians put into creating an amendment
to the standard for relative humidity in the operating room and other
spaces. The goal was to see whether it was possible to adjust rh
thresholds without affecting patient health, but the associated
potential equipment savings may make facility budget directors feel
the best of all.
Whether the project
is a new facility or a retrofit - and whether the project involves ceiling
tiles in an OR or simply giving a nearby room a coat of paint or new computers
- risks arise for infection. The 2007 Infection Control Risk Assessment
provides critical guidance for precautions to take, depending on the scope of
work, to protect a hospital’s delicate procedures and especially vulnerable
Why was one floor’s laboratory ventilation failing to keep up, when it was even the closest floor to the rooftop fans? Some system sleuthing led two engineers to a fitting conclusion. Read more stories in May Issue 2017.