Floyd Medical Center Opts for the PINNACLE of Surgical Environments

  • Monday, June 15, 2009

    Columbia, MO - June 15, 2009 - The unyielding demands for accurate dew point, humidity, and temperature control in surgical suites creates a challenge for any engineer aspiring to deliver efficiency and optimum space conditions. It’s a challenge that the Phoenix Design Group, Inc. in Nashville, Tennessee has faced many times since hospital work constitutes approximately 90% of the firm’s business.

    According to John Wade, Senior Mechanical Engineer for the Phoenix Design Group, the low temperature and relative humidity needed in these spaces makes it difficult to rely on conventional refrigeration alone. That is why his firm opted for SEMCO’s Pinnacle® primary ventilation system with integral energy recovery when designing the mechanical system for a new surgical suite at the Floyd Medical Center in Rome, Georgia.

    The Phoenix Design Group consulted with surgical staff before setting the design parameters for the new suite. Based on the feedback they received, they set out to design a system that could maintain 62°F at a relative humidity of 45%.

    Surgical suites have to be kept cool and dry, not only for the comfort of the surgeons and staff, but also for procedural efficiency and patient safety. Dew points must be kept very low in order to avoid condensation or “fogging” on any metal surfaces, surgical equipment, or optical equipment. The space must also be kept dry to prohibit bacterial growth. Some medical procedures even require low space temperature to help slow the metabolic rate of the patient during specific procedure.

    Phoenix Design Group opted for SEMCO’s dual wheel Pinnacle unit that pre-treats 100% outside air, lowering both latent and sensible temperature before the air ever reaches the main air handler or VAV boxes serving the surgical suite. SEMCO has the experience to meet the needs of the most demanding indoor environments. For more information about this project view the case study.