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Reduce air changes overnight in OR and save energy costs

This article describes changes in operating room design guidelines based on the new edition of the Facilities Guidelines Institute (FGI) 2014 Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities.  In this blog post, I’m highlighting just one factoid — mentioned by the Chair of the Revision Committee that prepared these new guidelines.  He mentions that SETBACKs are now allowed in the operation of the surgical suite.  This means that the number of AIR CHANGES can be reduced at times when the operating room is not in use — such as overnight.

I like it that the expert quantifies the potential savings — “You can set back the number of air changes per hour, maintain temperature and humidity, and save $10,000 to $15,000 per year per operating room in energy costs.”  He notes that there may be upfront costs in order to install the appropriate dampers or controls, but that the facility would recoup these installation costs quickly.

Sources:

For optimal OR design, play by the rules and get expert advice.  OR Manager.  30(7):1, 7-9, 11, July 2014.  Click here for access to publisher’s website: http://www.ormanager.com/2014/06/16/for-optimal-or-design-play-by-the-rules-and-get-expert-advice/#.U_YP66PviSo

Here’s a link to the FGI Guidelines site: http://www.fgiguidelines.org/    Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050 rc@aha.org

 

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