When designed correctly, HVAC systems create and maintain a safe and comfortable living or work environment. But what happens when there are multiple parties who utilize a space and all define “safe” and “comfortable” differently? That’s when RTM’s mechanical engineers have to get creative to prevent the “Thermostat War.”
RTM had the opportunity to put its creative problem solving skills to work for a heart surgery suite at a leading hospital in the Midwest. With patient safety in mind, the lead surgeon wanted the operating room set at a chilly 55 degrees; the last thing he wanted on his mind during his long and intense procedures was concern that a drop of sweat could fall into the body cavity. It makes perfect sense – except for the fact that 6 to 8 support staff members would be sharing that room in nothing but scrubs for hours on end. The nurses and technicians were legitimately concerned about their own health.
The solution? Two systems in one room. To keep the temperature 55 degrees over the patient, RTM fitted the surgeon with a thermostat attached to his lapel. Wherever he positioned the patient in the room – his desired temperature followed. The second system controlled the perimeter of the room so the support staff would be at a more comfortable 68 degrees.
The result was a win, win, win – improved safety for patients, and a more comfortable and productive work environment for the physician and his team. And once again, RTM prevented a Thermostat War!
About RTM & Associates
Established in 1981 and headquartered outside Chicago, RTM & Associates is the trusted engineering consulting partner to some of the nation’s most respected architectural firms and Fortune 500 corporations. Integrating MEP/FP and civil engineering services, with sustainable design as a given, its portfolio spans multiple sectors in 45 states. For more information, visit www.rtmassociates.com.