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Tip of the month: Keep tabs on proposed humidity range reductions

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March 1, 2010

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has proposed a modification to its Standard 170-2008, Ventilation of Health Care Facilities, reducing the lower end of the recommended relative humidity range for short-term patient treatment stays—even in operating rooms (OR)—from 30% down to 20% relative humidity (RH).

The idea behind the change, according to ASHRAE, is to bring the standard up to date with current practices and thinking.

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers has proposed a reduction in the lower end of the recommended relative humidity range for short-term patient treatment stays.



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