Review of ventilation systems in operating rooms in view of infection control

| 23/01/2009
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M.A. Melhado, J.L.M. Hensen
1Center for Building and Systems, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, The Netherlands

M. Loomans
Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek (TNO), Netherlands


The Postoperative Infection Rate (PIR) generally depends on factors such as the type of surgery, the cleanliness of equipment, medical procedures, and the level of microorganisms in the immediate and surrounding environments. Another major factor to consider is the quality of the air in the operating room (OR). The aim of this paper is review different ventilation systems in order to evaluate the of infection control (IC). This review consists of a literature review and observations in OR.

The objective is to assist design engineers in developing more efficient ventilation systems, and to help stakeholders in choosing the ?best? system for the particular type of surgery they need to perform. The practical result will be that security aspects of IC will be strengthened, which should lead to lower PIR.
Melhado, M.A.; Hensen, J.L.M.; Loomans, M.

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