Certain rooms in a healthcare building should be correctly pressurized with respect to surrounding areas. If rooms are not properly pressurized, an imbalance may exist between the supply and exhaust rates for the room. The following are examples of positively pressurized rooms:
- Operating Rooms
- Delivery Rooms
- Trauma Rooms
- Laser Eye Rooms
- Surgical Supply Clean Workrooms and Sterile Storage
McKenney’s engineers collaborate to offer the their expert knowledge on ASHRAE 170 Room Pressurization.
- What is room pressurization?
- How do we determine and set room pressurization?
- What types of rooms require pressurization?
Definitions of terms used throughout this blog:
- Protective Environment (PE) Room:
Defined by ASHRAE as “a patient room that is […] intended to protect a high-risk immuno-compromised patient from human and environmental airborne pathogens.”
- Airborne Infection Isolation (AII):
The isolation of patients infected with severe airborne diseases. This paper will refer to “AII” Rooms” as the room that provides this isolation.
- Facilities Guideline Institute (FGI):
An organization that develops guidelines for the design and construction of hospitals and other heath care facilities.