Articles by Judene Bartley MS, MPH, C

Behind The Change In ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170

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.
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Hospital Construction: Stirring Up Trouble

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 populations.
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