Evidence of the risks of forced-air warming just keeps growing.

A study published online ahead of print in Anesthesia & Analgesia concludes that forced-air patient warming produces waste heat that disrupts operating room ventilation airflows over the surgical site, transporting non-sterile air to the area and hindering the ventilation system’s ability to clear potential airborne contaminants. “There are some in our industry that would like [...]

By | 2018-05-17T20:25:52+00:00 July 27th, 2012|

Laminar vs. Conventional Ventilation

Common Question: “My OR doesn’t use laminar flow. Does waste hot air still matter?” Answer: Absolutely. Consider the following: What is laminar ventilation and what is conventional ventilation? Operating room air is typically introduced from the ceiling, moves towards the floor, and exits through the side vents. US standards for hospital construction require that operating room ventilation [...]

By | 2018-05-17T20:25:53+00:00 January 31st, 2011|