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

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th Int. Postgraduate Research Conf.. in the Built and Human Environment, 6 - 7 April, Technische Universiteit Delft, BuHu, University of Salford
Pages478-487
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event6th International Postgraduate Research Conference in the Built and Human Environment -
Duration: 6 Apr 20067 Apr 2006

Conference

Conference6th International Postgraduate Research Conference in the Built and Human Environment
Period6/04/067/04/06

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