Monday 22 April 2013

Cleanrooms and clean air supply

In the launch issue of European Medical Hygiene, Tim Sandle presents an overview of clean air supply to hospital operating theatres, pharmacy units and cleanrooms.

An extract from the article is:

“There are several different types of clean air technologies and these are applied to different settings. For hospitals the two of interest are the cleanroom, which is applicable to the hospital pharmacy, and the clean zone, which is important to both the pharmacy and operating theatre. For the aseptic preparation and dispensing of medicines, a hospital pharmacy unit will have either a cleanroom with a clean air device within it, or use an isolator. Within the operating theatre, clean air is directed towards the theatre table by a vertical unidirectional airflow (UDAF) unit, which forces clean air downwards in parallel streams.”

The reference is:

Sandle, T. (2012). “An Air of Safety: The application of cleanrooms and clean air devices within the hospital setting”, European Medical Hygiene, Issue 1, August 2012, pp11-17

To find out more about European Medical Hygiene, visit EMH

Posted by Tim Sandle

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