Q: I work in the Central Processing department and yesterday they upped the temperature to 72 – 73 degrees in decontam and the clean side. I always thought it had to be a lot cooler than 72. Did this change recently?
A: According to the 2014 FGI Guidelines, the design temperature in Central Supply decontamination rooms is from 72° F to 78° F. This is the same design temperature range that was called for in the 2010 edition of the FGI Guidelines, but is a change from the 2006 edition which called for a range between 68° F to 73° F.
Now, design temperatures are just that… a target to aim for. There is no reason why you cannot have set-points on thermostats that are outside of the design temperature range provided the reason is documented in either a policy or a risk assessment.