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Operating Room - Temperature

Can temperatures be outside of established range in operating rooms?

Any examples are for illustrative purposes only.

The Joint Commission references NFPA 99-2012 that requires the use of ASHRAE 170-2008, Ventilation Table 7-1.  This document provides an allowance to exceed minimum temperature ranges. To use this exception it must be done by following the established organizational policy. If the temperature is set below the established range, then there needs to be an assessment that patient care will not be compromised by the lower temperature level; specifically that the lowered temperature will not adversely affect the relative humidity level in the operating room.

Reference EC.02.05.01 EP 15 
Manual: Ambulatory
Chapter: Environment of Care EC
First published date: April 11, 2016 This Standards FAQ was first published on this date.
This page was last updated on October 22, 2021

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