Q: What are the ventilation requirements for the scope room in endoscopy? This is the room where the clean instrumentation is kept.
A: It all depends if you’re talking about existing conditions or new construction. If you’re talking about existing conditions, then you need to find out what regulations and standards were in effect when the unit was designed. Once the room is constructed to a particular set of ventilation requirements, then they stay that way until you renovate the unit. In other words, you do not have to meet new construction requirements.
If you are talking about new construction requirements, then the 2014 FGI guidelines have the following requirements:
|Air Pressure Relationship Surrounding Areas||Minimum Outdoor ACH||Minimum Total ACH||Room Air Exhausted to Outdoors?||Room Unit Recirculation?||Relative Humidity Design||Temperature Design|
|Clean Workroom||Positive||2||4||NR||No||Max 60||72-78|
|Sterile Storage||Positive||2||4||NR||NR||Max 60||72-78|
|Endoscopy Procedure Room||NR||2||6||NR||No||20-60||68-73|
NR = No Requirement
ACH = Air Changes Per Hour
These are only guidelines. You need to find out if your state or local authorities have more restrictive requirements.