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Does air in soiled utility room need to be monitored daily?

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June 24, 2021
 

Q: Is there any NFPA regulation stating that a soiled utility room, or any room in which the air flow is monitored on an annual basis, has to be monitored daily?

A: No, none that I know of. But a surveyor can ask you the question: How do you know that the air pressure relationships, air changes per hour, and temperature and humidity settings are in their proper ranges?

For a soiled utility room that is part of a med-surg unit, this may not be such a significant issue and an annual check may be sufficient. But for a sterile processing clean room or an operating room, the risk factor to the patient is much higher, so those types of rooms will need to be checked more often.

How often? If the accreditation organization (AO) does not say in their standards, then you get to decide by performing a risk assessment.



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