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Air quality and new practices

Ten years after the publication of Recommandations d’experts sur la qualité de l’air au bloc opératoire (Expert recommendations on air quality in the operating theatre), the SF2H wanted to bring this document up-to-date. Head of the multi-disciplinary task force responsible for this review, Ludwig Serge Aho Glélé, hospital practitioner in the Epidemiology and Hospital Hygiene Department at Dijon’s CHU, explains why.


Photo : Getinge

Photo : Getinge


Clean rooms: Was the change to the NF S 90-351 part of the reason behind this update?

Ludwig Serge Aho Glélé: Since it was published in October 2004, the regulatory framework has definitely changed, including the update of NF S 90-351 in April 2013, but practices have certainly evolved. So-called interventional sectors (interventional radiology, interventional cardiology etc.) have appeared. As well as this, new less invasive surgical methods (“minimally invasive surgery”, “minor surgical procedures” etc.) are being used. And the technologies used to treat air (those using plasma, UV, which is seeing a comeback, photocatalysis etc.) have changed in the last ten years.

S. P.: Which method have you chosen?

LS. AG.: We have chosen the Recommandations pour la pratique clinique (Recommendations for clinical practice, RPC) method, in accordance with the Haute autorité de santé (the French health authority). A rigorous policy must be applied to establish valid, credible best practices.

S. P.: How is progress going?

LS. AG.: The steering committee has met twice to put together a document containing questions the task group needs to address on 20 May. Once it is aware of our formal opinion and the bibliographic information, it will put together graded recommendations. A reading and review group will follow. The deadline is twelve months. The recommendations will then be put together by the SF2H and then published online.

Interview conducted by Béatrice Becherini

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