The Importance of Maintaining Ventilation Systems in Operating Theatres

Having well-maintained ventilations systems in operating theatres helps towards carrying out successful operations with a lower risk of post-operation infections. In fact, it has been found that when ventilation systems in operating theatres aren’t functioning correctly, they could increase the chance of risk to a patient’s health – something which must be avoided at all costs.

With this in mind, it is vital that all operating theatre ventilation systems are inspected and maintained at appropriate intervals to ensure that they are meeting the required standards – and that these important checks are carried out by professionals.

How often should operating theatre ventilation systems be tested?

It is advised that operating theatre ventilation systems are inspected quarterly so that any potential issues can be highlighted and dealt with. A verification of performance should also be measured annually as this includes a whole range of performance and preventative maintenance programmes which will help the ventilation systems to meet the expected requirements.

Ultra-Clean Ventilated Canopy (UVC) theatres should also have an additional bi-annual service to ensure that the canopy is operating efficiently.

What does a ventilation system verification involve?

During the annual verification of your operating theatre ventilation system, a number of different checks and tests will be carried out so you can be confident that the system will not negatively impact on the post-operation health of patients.

The verification will include, but is not limited to, measuring the supply and extract airflow rates, particle counting to check the air quality, checking control functions, and measuring pressure differentials. It is integral that performance checks are carried out by qualified engineers as accuracy is absolutely vital.

Can service work be performed outside normal working hours to minimise downtime?

Yes, Crowthorne Group can schedule engineers around theatre availability and cleaning schedules.

At the Crowthorne Group, we pride ourselves on our years of experience in performance testing in operating theatres and would love to discuss your requirements with you. Contact us today for more information about our dedicated operating theatre service.

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