What happens when your infection prevention leader calls and informs engineering/plant services they’re investigating an HAI or SSI? They’re quick to check their four boxes: (1) Temp/humidity, (2) correct pressurization, (3) proper exchanges and (4) filter changed per PM schedule. “Yep! We’re good!” Despite having all that documentation, clinical staff are rarely convinced it wasn’t too hot/humid in the room. In one of our hospitals in Nashville, TN we weren’t satisfied with just checking our boxes. We wanted to qualify and visualize our ORs’ airflow, and we did it using a simple but data-powerful device. In the last year we have used this data and effectively learned what is or is not causing pathogens in our airflow and infections to our patients.
Protect the surgical environment with new design-integration methods beyond temperature, humidity, air exchanges and pressure relationships.
Speak to the importance of optimizing laminar flow and ways to visualize airflow. Speak to the importance of optimizing laminar flow and ways to visualize airflow.
Measure end users’ impact that have within the surgical environment and recognize when to exclude the building as a potential cause for HAIs.
Challenge industry standards and commonly held beliefs for how new and existing OR platforms need to perform mechanically in order to be sterile.