The Joint Commission addresses OR temperature standard — 4 details

Here are four clarifications on The Joint Commission's standard for the established temperature range in operating rooms.

1. For established temperature range in operating rooms, NFPA 99-2012 requires ASHRAE 170-2008, Ventilation Table 7-1 to be used.

2. For operating rooms in classes B and C, the established range for temperatures is 68 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Class A operating/procedure rooms should have a range of 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

3. Ventilation Table 7-1 includes an exception for temperatures to be outside of established minimum ranges when required for patients' comfort and/or medical conditions. If a provider uses this exception and follows established policy, logging the issue isn't required.

4. If the temperature falls below the established range, verify it won't have a negative impact on patient care or the relative humidity level or take further action.

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