Thermal comfort in operating theatres for different types of ventilation systems

Authors Ilse Jacobs, Marcel Loomans, Lada Hensen-Centnerov√°, Michel Krombeen, Helianthe Kort
Published in REHVA Journal
Publication date 2019
Research groups Technology for Healthcare Innovations
Type Article


Thermal comfort in operating theatres is a less addressed research component of the in-door environment in operating theatres. The air quality naturally gets most attention when considering the risk of surgical site infections. However, the importance of thermal comfort must not be underestimated. In this research, the current thermal comfort situation of staff members is investigated. Results show that the thermal comfort for the members of a surgical team is perceived as not optimal. Application of the PMV and DR models needs further attention when applied for operating theatres. For the investigated ventilation systems, the differences in thermal comfort outcomes are small.

On this publication contributed

  • Helianthe Kort | Professor | Research group Technology for Healthcare Innovations
    Helianthe Kort
    • Professor
    • Research group: Technology for Healthcare Innovations

Language English
Published in REHVA Journal
Year and volume 2019 February
Key words operating theatre, thermal sensation, surgical team, post-operative wound infections, ventilation
Page range 34-39

Technology for Healthcare Innovations