Thermal environment conditions in Polish operating rooms

Piotr Uścinowicz , Marta Chludzińska , Anna Bogdan

Abstract

Abstract Although difficult to implement, thermal comfort of medical staff in an operating room (OR) deserves adequate attention because it can influence the effectiveness, and efficiency of medical procedures. The aim of this study was to evaluate thermal conditions and thermal sensation of medical staff working at Polish hospitals and operating rooms. Therefore, measurements of thermal environmental parameters were conducted, and results of calculation of PMV index were compared to ISO 7730 requirements. Additionally, the measurements were compared to standards: Polish ‘Design guidelines for hospitals’, DIN 1946, FprCEN TR 16244 and ASHRAE 170 and domestic regulations. Thermal environment in majority of Polish ORs was assessed as ‘warm’ by surgeons, as ‘slightly warm’ by nurses and surgeon's assistants and as comfortable by anaesthetists. Anaesthetists (70 W/m2) wearing light insulated surgical clothes (Icl = 1clo) perceive thermal comfort as satisfying in ca. 90% of ORs, while surgeon's assistants and nurses (100 W/m2) in ca. 30% of ORs. The surgeons (130 W/m2) perceive thermal comfort only in ca. 5% of ORs. Wearing medium insulated surgical clothes (Icl = 1.3clo) anaesthetists perceive thermal comfort as satisfying in ca. 60% of ORs, while surgeon's assistants and nurses in ca. 5% of ORs. The surgeons in any of the ORs perceive thermal environment as comfortable. Wearing highly insulated surgical clothes (Icl = 1.5clo) anaesthetists perceive thermal comfort as satisfying in ca. 40% of ORs, while surgeon's assistants, nurses and surgeons in any of the ORs.
Author Piotr Uścinowicz (FEE / DHV)
Piotr Uścinowicz,,
- Department of Heating and Ventilation
, Marta Chludzińska (FEE / DHV)
Marta Chludzińska,,
- Department of Heating and Ventilation
, Anna Bogdan (FEE / DHV)
Anna Bogdan,,
- Department of Heating and Ventilation
Journal seriesBuilding and Environment, ISSN 0360-1323, (A 40 pkt)
Issue year2015
Vol94, Part 1
Pages296 - 304
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishOperating room, Thermal comfort, Operating staff
ASJC Classification2215 Building and Construction; 3305 Geography, Planning and Development; 2205 Civil and Structural Engineering; 2305 Environmental Engineering
DOIDOI:10.1016/j.buildenv.2015.08.003
URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360132315300846
Languageen angielski
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Uscinowicz2015_ok.pdf 1.68 MB
Score (nominal)40
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 40.0, 09-01-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 40.0, 09-01-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 4; Scopus Citations = 6; GS Citations = 12.0; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2015 = 2.449; WoS Impact Factor: 2015 = 3.394 (2) - 2015=3.804 (5)
Citation count*12 (2020-02-14)
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