A Study of Thermal Comfort Reported by Patients and Medical Staff in a Dialysis Room during Autumn and Winter

Sakura Mori, Hitomi Tsutsumi, Shin Ichi Tanabe, Toshiki Isahaya, Takashi Ito, Satoshi Hori, Hiroaki Io, Yoshio Shimizu, Chieko Hamada, Yasuhiko Tomino

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Abstract

To determine the optimal thermal environment for dialysis rooms, field measurements and questionnaires to dialysis patients and medical staff were conducted during autumn and winter. The mean air temperature fluctuated between 22.4°C and 27.1°C in autumn and between 21.6°C and 25.1°C in winter. The fluctuation of the mean radiant temperature coincided with that of the air temperature. The mean relative humidity was below 50%, and air velocity was below 0.17 m/s in both seasons. The survey showed that 29% of patients and 61% of staff required an improvement in the thermal environment. A statistically significant difference was observed between the thermal sensations of patients and staff in both seasons. It was revealed that the patients maintained neutral thermal sensations by using electric blankets in both seasons. However, development of an alternative to this method in the case of dialysis patients is recommended because arranging the blankets would be burdensome for nurses.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012
Pages2377-2382
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012 - Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Duration: 2012 Jul 82012 Jul 12

Publication series

Name10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012
Volume3

Conference

Conference10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012
CountryAustralia
CityBrisbane, QLD
Period12/7/812/7/12

Keywords

  • Survey
  • Temperature
  • Thermal sensation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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