Endoscopy Ventilation Requirements

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.

Brad Keyes
Brad Keyes, CHSP

Brad is a former advisor to Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) and former Joint Commission LS surveyor. He guides clients through  organizational assessment; management training; ongoing coaching of task groups; and extensive one-on-one coaching of facility leaders. He analyzes and develops leadership effectiveness and efficiency in work processes, focusing on assessing an organization’s preparedness for a survey, evaluating processes in achieving preparedness, and guiding organizations toward compliance. 

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