In operating rooms, air quality may literally mean the difference between life and death. That’s because so many of the elements within operating rooms, even at the microbial level, must be closely monitored and meticulously maintained. In addition, air handling units must account for the presence of anesthesia gases. Air systems must not contaminate antiseptic surfaces or compromise contained contamination. Sometimes, these systems must reduce or eliminate air particles to cleanroom standards.
It’s not easy to maintain a pristine environment in operating rooms. But meeting strict air quality standards plays a vital role in preventing surgical-site infections. From a clinical standpoint, prevention includes scrubbing and gowning, special equipment sterilization procedures, and strict protocols for movements within the sterile field. From a built environment standpoint, precautions include washable surfaces resistant to microbial growth, controlled or sealed access points, and even ultraviolet disinfection technology. It’s also essential to maintain a tightly controlled range for temperature, pressure, relative humidity, and ventilation rates.
Coward Environmental Systems, Inc. (CESI) offers a range of air quality and environmental solutions designed specifically for the exacting requirements that exist within an operating suite. We work with world leaders in healthcare air quality. Our sales engineers will help your team identify effective ways to meet OSHA standards and exceed healthcare client requirements.