OR Air Quality Affected by Number of Healthcare Personnel, Other Factors

Researchers found that indoor air quality in operating rooms differed significantly from month to month and other parameters, including number of OR personnel, affected indoor air quality in ORs, according to a study published in American Journal of Infection Control.

In the study, air temperature, relative humidity, carbon dioxide, particulate matter and bacterial concentrations were measured in ORs. Results from the study found positive correlations between the number of personnel, temperature and carbon dioxide to indoor air quality in ORs. Similarly, particulate matter levels were directly associated with bacterial concentration when adjusted for OR category and the number of personnel in the OR.

Read the study about OR air quality.

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