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

Sakura Mori, Hitomi Tsutsumi, Shinichi 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
    Volume3
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Event10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012 - Brisbane, QLD
    Duration: 2012 Jul 82012 Jul 12

    Other

    Other10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012
    CityBrisbane, QLD
    Period12/7/812/7/12

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    Dialysis
    Thermal comfort
    Air
    Temperature
    Atmospheric humidity
    Hot Temperature

    Keywords

    • Survey
    • Temperature
    • Thermal sensation

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Civil and Structural Engineering

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    Mori, S., Tsutsumi, H., Tanabe, S., Isahaya, T., Ito, T., Hori, S., ... Tomino, Y. (2012). A Study of Thermal Comfort Reported by Patients and Medical Staff in a Dialysis Room during Autumn and Winter. In 10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012 (Vol. 3, pp. 2377-2382)

    A Study of Thermal Comfort Reported by Patients and Medical Staff in a Dialysis Room during Autumn and Winter. / Mori, Sakura; Tsutsumi, Hitomi; Tanabe, Shinichi; Isahaya, Toshiki; Ito, Takashi; Hori, Satoshi; Io, Hiroaki; Shimizu, Yoshio; Hamada, Chieko; Tomino, Yasuhiko.

    10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012. Vol. 3 2012. p. 2377-2382.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Mori, S, Tsutsumi, H, Tanabe, S, Isahaya, T, Ito, T, Hori, S, Io, H, Shimizu, Y, Hamada, C & Tomino, Y 2012, A Study of Thermal Comfort Reported by Patients and Medical Staff in a Dialysis Room during Autumn and Winter. in 10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012. vol. 3, pp. 2377-2382, 10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012, Brisbane, QLD, 12/7/8.
    Mori S, Tsutsumi H, Tanabe S, Isahaya T, Ito T, Hori S et al. A Study of Thermal Comfort Reported by Patients and Medical Staff in a Dialysis Room during Autumn and Winter. In 10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012. Vol. 3. 2012. p. 2377-2382
    Mori, Sakura ; Tsutsumi, Hitomi ; Tanabe, Shinichi ; Isahaya, Toshiki ; Ito, Takashi ; Hori, Satoshi ; Io, Hiroaki ; Shimizu, Yoshio ; Hamada, Chieko ; Tomino, Yasuhiko. / A Study of Thermal Comfort Reported by Patients and Medical Staff in a Dialysis Room during Autumn and Winter. 10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012. Vol. 3 2012. pp. 2377-2382
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