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This document provides considerations related to various measures that may be employed in operating rooms (OR) to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This includes advantages, disadvantages, risks, and comments associated with each measure.
It contains general feedback from the AIRAH Infection Control and Operating Theatre Practices Special Technical Group (STG) on common practices in infection control and operating theatres. It is a window to the STG’s committee meetings and is provided for consideration only. Hospitals, facility managers, and consultants analysing future changes to an operating room should develop a comprehensive study of the facility, infection control regimes, patient movements, and HVAC equipment (resources in general) to advocate and decide the best outcome for the project.